Resource use in a low-input organic vegetable food supply system in UK - a case study

Hanne Østergård, Mads V. Markussen, Michal Kulak, Thomas Nemecek, Laurence Smith

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Until now the demand for food has been met by the use of abundant and cheap fossil fuels; however, we need to reconsider our modes of production to avoid a
global environmental crisis. Food production systems should increasingly rely on renewable inputs and increase their stability by reducing dependency on external
inputs. We apply the emergy approach to evaluate resource use efficiency of a food supply system in the UK. The main questions for this study were how much
the system contributes to society by taking advantage of local renewable flows, and how much it depends on input from society.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event18th IFOAM Organic World Congress - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 13 Oct 201415 Oct 2014


Conference18th IFOAM Organic World Congress
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