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Record number 327810
Title The VEL and VANLA environmental co-operatives as field laboratories
Author(s) Stuiver, M.; Ploeg, J.D. van der; Leeuwis, C.
Source Netherlands Journal of Agricultural Science 51 (2003)1-2. - ISSN 0028-2928 - p. 27 - 39.
Department(s) Rural Sociology
Communication Science
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2003
Keyword(s) coöperatieve activiteiten - milieubescherming - voedingsstoffen - agrarische bedrijfsvoering - melkveehouderij - nederland - verspreiding van onderzoek - boeren - kennis - friese wouden - cooperative activities - environmental protection - nutrients - diffusion of research - farmers - farm management - dairy farming - knowledge - netherlands
Categories Rural Development
Abstract This article describes the Nutrient Management Project of the environmental co-operatives VEL and VANLA as a field laboratory. A field laboratory is defined as a heterogeneous collection of inter-linked scientific studies performed by several actors within a specific field, but – as in normal laboratories – with some protection against outside interference and disturbance. The Nutrient Management Project of VEL and VANLA demonstrates several characteristics of field laboratories. Firstly, in the project, dairy farmers and scientists carry out joint research using different sources of knowledge. Secondly, apart from research the actors are engaged in changing the location, thereby developing new knowledge and practices. In the case of VEL and VANLA this means developing the fields and farms towards sustainability. Thirdly, the actors thoughtfully experiment with several research methodologies to gain understanding on a variety of issues. So within the field laboratory of VEL and VANLA there is heterogeneity in themes, disciplines and methodologies. Simultaneously a systems perspective is created as an interpretative scheme that links up all the different activities. Finally, within VEL and VANLA, alignment among practices, research and the institutional context is essential for the continuation of the research activities.
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