Is organic important for agriculture

What does organic do for the environment?

On the way to sustainable agriculture

When considering the relative extent of the environmental impacts, one must not forget that both ecological and conventional farming develop dynamically and therefore the environmental impacts of the individual systems can change over time.

An analysis of the environmental impacts of various farming systems must therefore be time and situation-related. The best possible conservation of non-renewable resources and the long-term care of renewable resources should be the goal of every type of land management. In view of the long periods of time from decades to centuries that they need for their regeneration after pollution and overexploitation, soils and groundwater are actually to be regarded as non-renewable resources on a human time scale. They form the essential basis of any land management. It is all the more important to make agriculture as environmentally friendly as possible.

Especially with regard to the careful use of non-renewable resources, such as fossil fuels, organic farming still offers potential: At farm level, in the sense of closed cycles, for example, biomass can also be used on a smaller scale in biogas plants, which primarily contain insufficiently used plant material, such as B. Catch crops, grass clover, manure, liquid manure, harvest residues, and refine them. Even if primary energy crops are cultivated (cf. mixed cultivation), they can contribute to optimizing crop rotation and overall nutrient management [12; 13]. Companies can also become more energy self-sufficient by pursuing closed heat utilization concepts (e.g. for greenhouse heating), growing oil plants for their own fuel production, pursuing their own wood for heat production, etc. Organic farming is already taking on a pioneering role in this regard.


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