Alternative Methods of Agriculture V10

Alternative Methods of Agriculture V10

1st Edition - January 1, 1980

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  • Editor: R Boeringa
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444601797

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Alternative Methods of Agriculture is an English translation of a number of parts of "The Dutch Report on Alternative Agriculture.” This book explores not only the relationship between agriculture and the environment, but also the relationship between human beings and society. The book focuses on the role of nature and man in agriculture and environment; the justification of the terms natural and biological; comparisons between alternative agriculture and conventional agriculture; soil fertility; quality of products of alternative agriculture; coping mechanism of alternative agriculture to pests, weeds, diseases and energy problems; economics of alternative systems; and the effect of alternative agriculture on the integration of nature, agriculture and man. The book presents the ideologies that serve as the basis for alternative agriculture, such as A.N.O.G agriculture, biodynamic agriculture, Howard-Balfour agriculture, Lemaire-Boucher agriculture, macrobiotic agriculture, mazdaznan agriculture, organic-biological agriculture, and veganic agriculture. It also explores cultivation methods, including tillage, soil disinfection, fertilizing, composting, soil cover, crop rotation, and multiple cropping.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial. Alternative agriculture and man

    History, realisation and arrangement of the report

    Chapter 1. Introduction

    Chapter 2. The extent of alternative agriculture

    Chapter 3. Overview of the specific ideologies on which the alternative methods of agriculture are based

    3.1. Background

    3.2. A.N.O.G.-agriculture

    3.3. Biodynamic agriculture

    3.4. Howard-Balfour agriculture

    3.5. Lemaire-Boucher agriculture

    3.6. Macrobiotic agriculture

    3.7. Mazdaznan agriculture

    3.8. Organic-biological agriculture

    3.9. Veganic agriculture

    Chapter 4. Cultivation methods

    4.1. Tillage

    4.2. Soil disinfection

    4.3. Fertilising

    4.4. Composting and humus balance

    4.5. Soil cover

    4.6. Crop rotation and multiple cropping

    4.7. Other methods of cultivation

    Chapter 5. Animal husbandry

    Chapter 6. Diseases, pests and weeds

    Chapter 7. Kilogram yields

    Chapter 8. The quality of products cultivated by alternative methods

    Chapter 9. Damage to the environment as a consequence of alternative and conventional agricultural methods

    Chapter 10. Considerations on an extension of alternative agriculture

    Chapter 11. Evaluation

    11.1. Man's relationship to nature

    11.2. The "naturalness" and the "biological" of agriculture

    11.3. The level of production

    11.4. Conservation of soil fertility

    11.5. The quality of the alternatively-cultivated product

    11.6. Diseases, pests and weeds

    11.7. Energy use

    11.8. Economic aspects

    Chapter 12. Conclusions and recommendations for research


    Appendices: Cultivation methods

Product details

  • No. of pages: 206
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 1980
  • Published: January 1, 1980
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444601797

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R Boeringa

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