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The Future of Organic Agriculture and Its Influence on the Green Economy

The editors of Agricultural and Food Economics welcome submissions to a special collection on "The Future of Organic Agriculture and Its Influence on the Green Economy."


Guest Editors

Manju Khari, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
manjukharii@ieee.org

Rubén González Crespo, Universidad Internacional de La Rioja, Spain  
ruben.gonzalez@unir.net

Adhiyaman Manickam, University of Moncton, Canada
adhiyaman.manickam@umoncton.ca


Organic farming has become an essential tool when moving towards the future era to decrease the adverse effect of burning crops and global warming. 

Conventional agricultural practices involve the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to meet the challenges of agriculture. However, this negatively impacts the environment and the health of the people. Organic agriculture aims to replace all these negative impacts of conventional farming and considers human welfare a primary objective.

Organic farming methodologies focus on improving the agricultural requirement using eco-friendly methods. The main objective of organic agriculture is to meet a green economy and a sustainable future. In general, the principles of a green economy include principles of reducing environmental burdens and establishing a sustainable environment. It follows the methods of generating energy without producing any harmful pollutants. Organic farming employs various eco-friendly practices to improve soil fertility and pest control measures. Some important measures, such as crop rotation, are made in agriculture to improve soil fertility and promote micro-nutrient enrichment. In addition, it enhances the microbial activity and enhances nutrient cycling. Organic agricultural farmers carry out agricultural practices considering the health benefits of organic food to meet the sustainable green economy. Conventionally grown foods have higher amounts of pesticides and fertilizers residues, leading to the consumers' health impact. Further with conventional methods to enhance productivity, farmers extensively use growth hormones, antibiotics, and chemically synthesized pesticides.

Moreover, the foods produced by these methods are less nutritious and have minimized health benefits. Besides, it reduces soil fertility and causes various other environmental consequences. Switching to organic farming practices reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves soil microbial activity, increasing the plants' disease resistance while decreasing pesticides. The popularity of these conventional food products and genetically modified food products has decreased among consumers owing to their numerous health complications. This leads to the seized popularity of organic agriculture due to its admirable health benefits. Also, organic agriculture has a positive socio-economic impact on a country. Green technology will be the possible solution to lead a sustainable environment. Organic agriculture has the immense potentiality to transform the current environmental status into a sustainable environment. All these potential benefits claim that organic agriculture can promote a healthy nation with a pollution-free environment.

However, in spite of its vast benefits and eco-friendly practices, organic farming is less prevalent in real-time due to various reasons such as shortage of biomass, high input costs, increased need for manpower, a lack awareness in some cases, marketing problems, and so on. But at the same time, organic agriculture plays a prominent role in achieving the goal of a green economy. 

Hence, with more advanced research and development, it is possible to improve organic farming practices and promote green economy measures such as waste generation, reduced resource consumption, and many more. To explore more in this regard, this special issue intends to examine the future of organic agriculture for promoting a greener economy and a sustainable environment. We welcome researchers and practitioners to present their novel and innovative ideas in this regard.

Potential topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Economic contributions of organic agriculture for a healthy nation
  • The role of organic agriculture in developing a sustainable environment
  • Environmental benefits of organic agriculture
  • Future perspectives on organic agriculture for a green nation
  • Green economy and sustainable economic growth
  • The role of advanced tools and technology in developing a sustainable green economyGreen transition and circular economy
  • Risks and opportunities of organic agriculture for the future 
  • Practices to reduce resource consumption and waste generation with organic farming methods
  • Advanced policies and regulatory measures for promoting sustainable organic practices for future era
  • Green economy and clean environment with organic farming practices


Submission deadline: 31 December 2022

Instructions

Submitted manuscripts must be original and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submissions should be made online to Agricultural and Food Economics.  Manuscripts will be reviewed by independent referees, as per the journal’s standard evaluation process. The editors will base their final decisions on the relevance to the special issue, technical quality, innovative content, and originality of research approaches and results. All submitted manuscripts must be fully compliant with the journal's author guidelines and style requirements.

Submissions should be uploaded via Editorial Manager (see http://www.editorialmanager.com/jafe). To ensure your paper is considered for this special issue, reply “yes” when asked during submission whether it is intended for a special issue and select the relevant title from the drop-down menu. You may also wish to mention the special issue in your cover letter.