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Comparison of the Farming System and Carbon Sequestration between Conventional and Organic Rice Production in West Java, Indonesia

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Komatsuzaki, Masakazu; Syuaib, M. Faiz
Journal: Sustainability
Volume: 2
Page(s): 833-843
Date: 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/6998
Sector: Agriculture
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): organic farming
rice
soil
carbon sequestration
technology
Abstract: "Organic farming provides many benefits in Indonesia: it can improve soil quality, food quality and soil carbon sequestration. This study was designed to compare soil carbon sequestration levels between conventional and organic rice farming fields in west Java, Indonesia. The results from soil analysis indicate that organic farming leads to soil with significantly higher soil carbon storage capacity than conventional farming. Organic farming can also cut some farming costs, but it requires about twice as much labor. The sharecropping system of rice farming in Indonesia is highly exploitative of workers; therefore, research should be conducted to develop a fairer organic farming system that can enhance both local and global sustainability."

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