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Integrated crop/livestock systems with agroforestry to improve organic animal farming

Code: 9781838796747
A. J. Escribano, Nutrion Internacional, Spain; J. Ryschawy, University of Toulouse, France; and L. K. Whistance, The Organic Research Centre, UK

Chapter synopsis: The International Federation of Organic Movements (IFOAM) has established four fundamental principles which underpin organic farming. One way of achieving these principles is the use of integrated crop-livestock systems, which is very common for well-balanced organic systems with animals. This chapter reviews types of such systems, with a focus on agroforestry systems, their potential environmental and economic benefits, their contributions to animal health and welfare, as well as challenges in implementing and managing such systems whilst ensuring a high animal health and welfare level.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0028.12
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Types of ICLS 3 Environmental and economic benefits of ICLS 4 Agroforestry as an ICLS 5 Animals in agroforestry systems 6 Trees as a source of nutrition and medicine 7 Challenges in integrated livestock and forestry systems 8 Conclusion 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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