The Alliance of Bioenergy Production and Organic Farming

Scientific Interest, Research Topics, and System Implications

Siegmeier, Torsten

kassel university press, ISBN: 978-3-7376-0072-9, 2016, 136 Pages

URN: urn:nbn:de:0002-400739

DOI: 10.19211/KUP9783737600736

Zugl.: Kassel, Univ., Diss. 2015

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Content: Current global energy needs and the effort to substitute fossil fuels have led to extensive production of biomass in agricultural systems for purposes of renewable energy generation. At the same time, energy cropping poses new threats to the sustainability of land use systems. Large-scale industrialized farming in general and intensive energy crop production in particular are increasingly drawing criticism from various stakeholders for their negative external effects.

Organic farming systems alleviate the environmental burden of agricultural production by minimizing negative this food-energy-climate nexus a large-scale conversion of agricultural area to organic management seems infeasible.

Against this backdrop, this dissertation examined interrelations and connections of organic agriculture and biomass energy systems in regard to three dimensions: (i) Scientific interest and publication structure, (ii) research topics and contents, and (iii) systemic implications of integrated bioenergy and organic farming systems in the case of farm biogas production in Germany.

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