Performance assessment of organic agriculture

A recent review assessed the benefits and costs of organic agriculture across four dimensions (production, environment, producers and consumers) with specific indicators. The review showed that organic agriculture has some clear benefits such as high local biodiversity, high productivity under some circumstances and livelihood for poor farmers in some occasions. However, there are issues with 

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WWOOF – Live and learn on organic farms worldwide

If you are interested on organic farming and you like to travel there is an organisation that links these two. WWOOF is a worldwide movement linking volunteers with organic farmers and growers in more than 60 countries, to promote cultural and educational experiences based on trust and non-monetary exchange, thereby helping to build a sustainable, 

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Exchange net platform on organic farming

The OK-Net Arable knowledge platform (http://farmknowledge.org) promotes exchange of knowledge among farmers, farm advisers, and scientists, with the aim of increasing productivity and quality in organic arable cropping across Europe. If you are involved in organic arable farming, the information and knowledge exchange on this site can help you in your daily work. The OK-Net 

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New Year’s science-based resolutions from ORGANIKO LIFE+

1 – Minimize your children’s exposure to pesticides It was recently shown that maternal residential proximity to agricultural pesticide use is associated with poorer neurodevelopment such as decreased verbal comprehension and IQ scores, in 7-year-old children. More info: http://bit.ly/2hSaLEP   2 – Increase your omega-3 fatty acids intake with organic milk and meat A range 

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The EU organic food market

– Key facts and figures EU continues to be a pioneer in organic agriculture and production, with a large number of organic producers (around 260,000). Italy is the country who leads the way with 46,000 organic producers, followed by Spain with 30,000, and Poland with 26,000. In general, the organic farms in EU are bigger 

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Organic food production in the world

Organic farmland accounts only for 1% of total worldwide farmland. With 17.3 million hectares, Oceania is the continent with the largest organic agricultural area, (98% of which is in Australia) followed by Europe (11.5 million), Latin America (6.6 million), Asia (3.4 million), North America (3 million) and Africa (1.2 million). The global market for organic products 

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What is organic food?

‘Organic food’ is food that is been produced by organic production (organic farming). Organic production is a farm management production system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, high quality products, biological cycles and animal health and welfare, without harming the environment or humans. The term ‘organic’ is a basic concept with many names. Many names such 

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What is organic farming?

Organic farming refers to agricultural production systems adopted to produce food and fiber respecting natural life-cycle systems, through practices designed to minimize the human impact on the environment. According the European Commission, organic farming entails: Wide crop rotation as a prerequisite for an efficient use of on-site resources. Very strict limits on chemical synthetic pesticide 

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