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Organic farming: New advances towards sustainable agriculture

This book gives an overview of new developments in organic agriculture, with a focus on how organic farming can adapt to a changing climate.

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This volume provides an overview of the fundamental concepts and recent advancements in organic farming, a form of agriculture that is increasing rapidly in popularity. Readers will discover information on the history of organic farming, environmental friendly practices and challenges, and innovations in the field.

The chapter authors analyse pertinent aspects of this integrated farming system including strategies to improve seed quality, methods to improve soil fertility, and the advantages of using organic fertilisers. Particular attention is also given to weed management practices, bioenergy production and insights into the ways organic farming can adapt to global climate change and build sustainable food systems for future generations. Scientists, decision-makers, professors, and farmers who wish to work towards making agricultural systems more sustainable will find this book appealing.

 

Reference

C., Sarathchandran, Thomas, S. and Unni, M. R. (2019). Organic Farming: New Advances Towards Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Springer International Publishing, Cham.

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