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Organic Farming and a System Approach to Sustainable Agroecosystems
Submission DeadlineFeb. 20, 2020

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Lead Guest Editor
Muhammad Waqar Akram
College of Economics and Management, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Guest Editors
  • Nida Akram
    College of Economics and Management, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
  • Dr. Shahla Andleeb
    Department of Environmental Science, Government College Women University, Sialkot, Pakistan
  • Dr. Khalil Ur Rehman
    Department of Environmental Science, Government College Women University, Sialkot, Pakistan
  • Umair Kashif
    College of Economics and Management, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
  • Snovia Naseem
    College of Economics and Management, Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
  • Ayesha Mehmood
    Department of Management, University of Management and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
Introduction
Organic farming systems utilize organic amendments, diverse crop rotations and cover crops to promote soil fertility and enhance soil, plant and animal health. These practices increase biologically active soil organic matter which promotes microbial activity, maintains nutrient cycling, and aids in suppression of soil borne disease. Organic amendments increase soil cation exchange capacity and act as slow release nutrient sources, reducing risks of excess nutrient loss to the environment. Soil organic matter also improves water infiltration, increases water holding capacity, mitigates compaction and prevents erosion. These benefits are well established, however, the realities facing farmers are often complex. Harsh economic and environmental conditions and or scarce organic amendments can limit the practical options available. Likewise, organic farms that focus on input substitution to maximize yields may risk environmental benefits associated with organic farming practices. Consumers of organic produce are particularly interested in the potential health benefits of organic food. However, establishing such a connection remains a challenging ongoing area of research. To overcome these problems, a systems approach to research is needed to determine locally adapted and economically viable management practices that conserve resources and are associated with environmental, social, plant and animal health.
Aims and Scope:
  1. Organic farming
  2. Soil health
  3. Environmental quality
  4. Social responsibility
  5. Economic viability
  6. Food quality
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