Farmers' Choices: Management Practices to Reduce Nutrient Leakage within a Swedish Catchment
2002 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, Vol. 45, no 5, 673-689 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper analyses farmers' strategies on management practices for the reduction of nutrient releases, within a Swedish catchment. The main objective of the European Union water framework directive is to obtain good ecological water quality, and the approach is specifically stipulated to be catchment-based. Eutrophication is generally stated as the main environmental problem in water management and agricultural production is the major cause of nutrient leakage. The analysis concentrates on current agricultural management practices to reduce nutrient leakage. Farmers are beginning to experience a new awareness about nutrient use and see manure as a resource instead of a waste product. Further, those factors that are decisive for decision making are investigated, including information sources. The farm economy, the level of ecological knowledge and regulations illustrate the main obstacles linked to decision making. Professional magazines and informal discussions are considered the most esteemed information sources. Farmers' disposition to change, and co-operation, are also discussed, both of which are of vital importance for the development of new official administrative procedures.
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2002. Vol. 45, no 5, 673-689 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13437DOI: 10.1080/0964056022000013066OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13437DiVA: diva2:20725