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Record number 346646
Title Utilising intrinsic robustness in agricultural production systems
Author(s) Napel, J. ten; Bianchi, F.J.J.A.; Bestman, M.W.P.
Source In: Invention for a sustainable development of agriculture Zoetermeer : TransForum (Transforum Working papers 1) - p. 32 - 54.
Department(s) Livestock Research
Crop and Weed Ecology
PE&RC
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2006
Keyword(s) duurzaamheid (sustainability) - landbouwproductie - biologische landbouw - duurzame landbouw - agrarische productiesystemen - sustainability - agricultural production - organic farming - sustainable agriculture - agricultural production systems
Categories Organic Farming
Abstract This paper explores the potential of utilising robust crops and livestock for improving sustainability of agriculture. Two approaches for dealing with unwanted fluctuations that may influence agricultural production, such as diseases and pests, are discussed. The prevailing approach, which we call the ‘Control Model’, is to protect crops and livestock from disturbances as much as possible, to regain balance with monitoring and intervention and to look for add-on solutions only. There are a number of problems associated with the Control Model, including reduced animal welfare, environmental pollution and low public support. An alternative approach, which we call the ‘Adaptation Model’, is based on reducing the consequences of disturbances rather than taking disturbances out
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