Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Role of Organic Fertilizers, in the 21st Century, in Reducing the Agricultural Industry's Contributions to Climate Change: The Tradeoff Between Sustainable Farming and Meeting the Increasing Demands
by Megrelis, Lauren, M.S., The American University of Paris (France), 2017, 77; 13871672
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis will cover how to lessen the negative effects of chemical fertilizer on the environment. By determining if there is a sustainable solution that allows farmers to prolong their soil nutrition and avoid toxic run-off pollution. A comparison between organic and chemical fertilizers is key to evaluating if a sustainable solution lies within a conversion to using organic fertilizers.

The justification for the following topic begins with the growing demands of food how to sustain the exponential population growth. The agricultural industry has industrialized to become machine and less labor intensive. Farmers need to utilize this revolution to take the industry one step further of switching to organic farming. The trend of organic farming is growing and consumers are increasing demand for such products. The vital industry unconsciously contributes to global warming in several areas by utilizing methods of fertilization, the carbon footprint, and land use. Methods of fertilization can be adapted to more sustainable methods whereas the carbon footprint and land use are inevitable to adhere to the population. Fertilizers have allowed humans to meet the increasing demands of our growing population with the proper nutrition to sustain us all. Sustainable use of fertilizers is key to meeting people’s needs and allowing the plant to naturally restore.

Environmental Wicked Theory will explain the many factors at play and how at sometimes making the switch from organic to chemical fertilizers is not as simple as some think. The many stakeholders at play with differentiating interest oftentimes make a common ground seem far fetched or unattainable. This thesis will attempt to achieve a cohesive solution by managing the wicked problem of the agricultural industry’s contributions to climate change.

The case will analyze the effects of chemical fertilizers on soil nutrition from a pecan farm in Alabama. Given the external surrounding of having access to fresh manure next door the case aims to provide a step by step process. This model will give farmers the tools necessary to make the switch to an organic farm.

Indexing (document details)
School: The American University of Paris (France)
School Location: France
Source: MAI 58/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Agricultural economics, Sustainability
Keywords: Agriculture, Organic farming, Organic fertilizers, Sustainability, Wicked theory
Publication Number: 13871672
ISBN: 9781392038222
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