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Organic greenhouse tomato production

Code: 9781838792954
Martine Dorais, Laval University, Canada

Chapter synopsis: Organic greenhouse tomato cultivation is expanding rapidly to meet consumer demand. This production system endeavours to minimize system inputs and adverse environmental impacts through sustainable water and waste management, limited fossil energy use, nutrient-balanced approaches, and mechanical and biological control of pests. Although organic greenhouse farming offers significant environmental and social benefits, it relies heavily on off-farm inputs, which seem to run counter to the principles of organic farming. This chapter shows how organic greenhouse tomato production can exceed local regulatory requirements and be seen as an innovative system aimed at achieving global food and ecosystem security through scientific and socioeconomic advances, policies, producer and stakeholder ingenuity, and public engagement.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2016.0007.36
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Principles and standards of organic greenhouse cultivation 3 Expansion of organic protected tomato cultivation around the world 4 Types of greenhouses used for organic tomato cultivation around the world 5 Productivity and profi tability of organic greenhouse tomato production 6 Cultivar and rootstock selection and seedling production 7 Organic greenhouse production systems 8 Fertilisation management 9 Water management 10 Plant protection 11 Health and nutritive value 12 Environmental impact of organic greenhouse tomatoes 13 Future trends and conclusion 14 Where to look for further information 15 References

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