Urban horticulture and organic greenhouse standards

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Abstract

The paper gives a brief overview of current urban greenhouse production and discusses its future potential in a world dominated by urbanisation and competition for growing spaces. It highlights production techniques used in different climates, and then studies the legal framework in selected countries. It describes different forms of regulation like certified organic, un-certified organic, private and public standards relating to urban horticulture. Based on practical growing experience and the aspirations of urban greenhouse growers, we make proposals on the content of standards for organic urban horticulture and greenhouse production and their certification. We conclude with EU policy recommendations on how to create a supporting framework for certified organic urban horticulture by allowing certified organic soil-based substrates to be used where it is physically impossible to grow in the soil, and the use of novel organic certification systems, which are already commonly used outside of Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationII International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture
EditorsM. Dorais, S. D. Bishop
Place of PublicationAvignon, France
PublisherInternational Society for Horticultural Science
Pages281-286
Number of pages6
Volume1041
ISBN (Print)978-94-62610-30-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Certification
  • Greenhouse crops
  • Growing in soil
  • Organic standards
  • Urban agriculture

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    Schmutz, U., Wright, J., & Lennartsson, M. E. K. (2014). Urban horticulture and organic greenhouse standards. In M. Dorais, & S. D. Bishop (Eds.), II International Symposium on Organic Greenhouse Horticulture (Vol. 1041, pp. 281-286). Avignon, France: International Society for Horticultural Science. https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2014.1041.33