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Title: Fertilizing Methods and Nutrient Balance at the End of Traditional Organic Agriculture in the Mediterranean Bioregion: Catalonia (Spain) in the 1860s
Author: Tello, Enric
Garrabou, Ramon, 1937-
Cussó i Segura, Xavier
Olarieta, José Ramón
Galán del Castillo, Elena
Keywords: Agricultura biològica
Sistemes agrícoles
Organic farming
Agricultural systems
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: By reconstructing the nutrient balance of a Catalan v illage circa 1861-65 we examine the sustainability of organic agricultural sy stems in the northwest Mediterranean bioregion prior to the green rev olution and the question of whether the nutrients extracted f rom the soil were replenished. With a population density of 59 inhabitants per square km, similar to other northern European rural areas at that time, and a lower liv estock density per cropland unit, this v illage experienced a manure shortage. The gap was f illed by other labour-intensiv e way s of transf erring nutrients f rom uncultiv ated areas into the cropland. Key elements in this agricultural sy stem were v iney ards because they hav e f ew nutrient requirements, and woodland and scrublands as sources of relev ant amounts of nutrients collected in sev eral ways.
Note: Versió postprint del document publicat a: DOI 10.1007/s10745-012-9485-4
It is part of: Human Ecology, 2012, vol. 40, p. 369-383
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ISSN: 0300-7839
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Història Econòmica, Institucions, Política i Economia Mundial)

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