Stepping stones towards saline organic production systems

Saline organic, final report

Bart G.H. Timmermans, Merlijn van den Berg. 2019. Stepping stones towards saline organic production systems: Saline organic, final report. 2019-032 LbP. Louis Bolk Instituut, Bunnik.
Pagina's / pages: 26
Type: Report
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Taal/language: English
Abstract / summary in English:

Whereas the worldwide population continues to grow, in 2017 the FAO described a rise in world hunger, returning to levels that prevailed almost a decade ago. The FAO describe increased climate variability as one of the three key factors driving this recent rise in global hunger. Salinization of agricultural land is one of the processes resulting from the changes in weather and climate, and increasing world hunger.

Only 1% of the water on Earth is fresh. Agriculture is one of the large users of this resource. Enabling agriculture to include the use of brackish water, or even seawater, would enormously help towards its sustainability. Combined with a shift towards organic production techniques and the widening of the range of edible plants, this would be a great step forward towards a sustainable future.

The development of a salt tolerant green manure cultivar, that can fix nitrogen in saline soils for a following crop, is a crucial factor for organic saline agriculture

In this report we aim to study four aspects crucial for the development of a sustainable organic production under saline conditions.

Keywords in English: saline, organic production, world hunger, climate change, sustainability