Organic agriculture and ecosystem services

Harpinder Sandhu, Stephen Wratten, Ross Cullen

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    Abstract

    Ecosystem services (ES), such as biological control, pollination, soil formation, nutrient cycling in agriculture are vital for the sustainable supply of food and fibre. The current trends of decline in the ability of agricultural ecosystems to provide ES pose great threat to food security worldwide. This paper discusses the concept of ES and identifies ES associated with agriculture. It discusses the economic and ecological benefits of these ES on farmland in general and its linkages with organic agriculture. The provision of ES on farmland may help to motivate the redesign of small-scale farms using new eco-technologies based on novel and sound ecological knowledge. This has potential to meet the food demand of growing population without damaging human health and the environment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    Number of pages7
    JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
    Volume13
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010

    Keywords

    • Economic value
    • Ecosystem services
    • Organic agriculture

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