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Organic production systems: sustainability assessment of rice in Italy

Even though organic practices are getting more and more widespread, there is scant of information on their environmental impacts. A comprehensive approach is needed in order to take into account, on the one hand, the lower amount of inputs normally used (e.g. pesticides) in organic systems and, on the other hand, the lower yield they usually imply. The aim of this study is to assess the environmental profile of organic rice cultivation in a farm located in Pavia district (Lombardy).

Organic soil amendments improve microbial activity and reduce the negative effects of salinity and water-logging in soil

Increasing soil salinity threatens soil health and plant growth by altering soil organic matter and organisms that cycle nutrients. A new study in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems (it can be downloaded HERE) found that adding organic soil amendments to salty soil increases microbial activity and reduces the negative impacts of salinization. Salinization can occur naturally as climate change increases sea levels and saltwater intrudes into farmland.

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Organic Amendments Alleviate Salinity Effects on Soil Microorganisms and Mineralisation Processes in Aerobic and Anaerobic Paddy Rice Soils

The study is published in “Frontiers in sustainable food systems”. Sea-water level rise leads to increased saltwater intrusion causing soil salinity on arable land with negative effects on soil microbial processes. Organic amendments are known to reduce the effects of salinity on soil microorganisms, therefore positively influencing microbial activity and nutrient cycling. However, the extent of this effect in paddy rice soils under aerobic compared to anaerobic conditions is unknown.

Exergoenvironmental-Life cycle cost analysis for conventional, low external input and organic systems of rice paddy production

Climate change, increasing energy demand, and fossil fuel constraints have led to many plights regarding sustainable food and agricultural production. The purpose of this paper is to assess of exergoenvironmental aspects across different paddy production systems, including conventional (CS), low external input (LEI), and organic systems (OS) in Iran. Also, life cycle cost (LCC) and the emissions costs have been considered as a novelty for these scenarios. Data were collected through interviews from 213 paddy producers.

Rice: organic pest management protects beneficial insects and promotes more natural pest control

Chemical control of pests using synthetic insecticides like neonicotinoids, organophosphates and pyrethroids can harm non-target insects such as natural enemies to pests. A recent study published in the Indian Journal of Entomology found that organic farming practices protect important insects, which in turn provided more natural pest control for the farmer. Researchers in New Delhi compared the impacts of organic versus conventional pest management on the control of a rice pest known as yellow stem borer (Scirpophaga incertulas).

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Rice fields: diversity of important frog species enhanced by organic production

Amphibians such as frogs naturally keep pests at bay and are important indicators of environmental quality. A study published in the Journal Herpetological Review found a greater diversity of anurans (frogs, toads and tree frogs) in organic rice fields versus conventional. In one of the largest rice-producing regions of Argentina, the researchers attribute their findings of greater species diversity to the lack of chemical use, reduced nutrient leaching and soil erosion, and more vegetation along the field edges under organic management.

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Eco & Eco Green Piedmont Excellencies - Tour 2018

Eco & Eco Green Piedmont Excellencies - Tour 2018: a new project whose aim is to create a sustainable type of tourism, and to communicate the cultural identity of the Piedmont region through the promotion of agricultural, industrial, commercial and craft activities, with an emphasis on quality and sustainability; a project also to get to know and to visit some of the excellences  in all the mentioned sector.  

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Ministerial Decree No 18354: in the Official Gazette the abrogation decree

MIPAAFT published in the Official Gazette of the Italian Republic (5 September 2018) the new decree No 6793 including provisions for the implementation of Reg. (EC) No 834/2007 and Reg. (EC) No 889/2008 and their subsequent amendments and integrations, related to organic production and labelling of organic products. This decree repeals and replaces the Ministerial Decree of 27 November 2009 No 18354.

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India: soil health improved if rice production is organic

A study in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated soil health in organic and conventional basmati rice fields in North India, and found that organic rice paddies augmented biological, chemical and physical properties associated with soil health.

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Organic rice production improves soil health

A recent study published in the Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science evaluated the impact of organic and conventional management systems on soil health in rice fields growing basmati rice in India. Researchers found that under organic management, soils had improved physical, chemical and biological properties indicative of soil health.

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