Urban horticulture and organic greenhouse standards

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    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
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)978-94-62610-30-9
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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


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