Organic Crop Production – Ambitions and Limitations

  • Holger Kirchmann
  • Lars Bergström

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
  2. Lars Bergström, Holger Kirchmann, Gudni Thorvaldsson
    Pages 1-11
  3. Holger Kirchmann, Gudni Thorvaldsson, Lars Bergström, Martin Gerzabek, Olof Andrén, Lars-Olov Eriksson et al.
    Pages 13-37
  4. Holger Kirchmann, Lars Bergström, Thomas Kätterer, Olof Andrén, Rune Andersson
    Pages 39-72
  5. Keith Goulding, Elizabeth Stockdale, Christine Watson
    Pages 73-88
  6. Holger Kirchmann, Thomas Kätterer, Lars Bergström
    Pages 89-116
  7. Lars Bergström, Holger Kirchmann, Helena Aronsson, Gunnar Torstensson, Lennart Mattsson
    Pages 143-159
  8. Göte Bertilsson, Holger Kirchmann, Lars Bergström
    Pages 173-188
  9. Megan H. Ryan, Mark Tibbett
    Pages 189-229
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 241-244

About this book


Many people believe that organic agriculture is a solution for various problems related to food production. Organic agriculture is supposed to produce healthier products, does not pollute the environment, improves the fertility of soils, saves fossil fuels and enables high biodiversity.

This book has been written to provide scientifically based information on organic agriculture such as crop yields, food safety, nutrient use efficiency, leaching, long-term sustainability, greenhouse gas emissions and energy aspects. A number of scientists working with questions related to organic agriculture were invited to present the most recent research and to address critical issues. An unbiased selection of literature, facts rather than standpoints, and scientifically-based examinations instead of wishful thinking will help the reader be aware of difficulties involved with organic agriculture.

Organic agriculture, which originates from philosophies of nature, has often outlined key goals to reach long-term sustainability but practical solutions are lacking. The central tasks of agriculture - to produce sufficient food of high quality without harmful effects on the environment - seem to be difficult to achieve through exclusively applying organic principles ruling out many valuable possibilities and solutions.


Greenhouse biodiversity crop yield cropping systems cyclin organic farming quality sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Holger Kirchmann
    • 1
  • Lars Bergström
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Soil and EnvironmentSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesSE-750 07 UppsalaSweden
  2. 2.Dept. of Soil and EnvironmentSwedish University of Agricultural SciencesSE-750 07 UppsalaSweden

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