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Farmer perceptions and use of organic waste products as fertilisers – A survey study of potential benefits and barriers

S.D.C. Case, M. Oelofse, Y. Hou, O. Oenema and L.S. Jensen

Agricultural Systems, 2017, vol. 151, issue C, 84-95

Abstract: Processing of organic waste can improve its nutrient availability and content, and thereby increases the agricultural value of the waste when used as fertilisers, while contributing to a more bio-based, ‘circular’ economy. It is therefore important to guide future policies on waste management and on the development of industries related to processing of organic wastes from agriculture, industry and households. However, there is a lack of understanding of the decision-making processes underlying the use of processed and unprocessed organic waste-based fertilisers by farmers. We conducted a survey asking farmers in Denmark about their current use of organic fertiliser, their interest in using alternative types in the future, and their perception of most important barriers or advantages to using organic fertilisers.

Keywords: Organic fertiliser; Manure processing; Biosolids; Technology adoption; Sewage sludge; Anaerobic digestion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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