Knowledge Synthesis 2008:
ICROFS has published a comprehensive Knowledge Synthesis on the Development, Growth, and Integrity in the Danish Organic Sector in danish. It consists of 19 chapters and 550 pages.
The full final report with white paper and background papers can be ordered at Grethe.Hansen@icrofs.org.
Price: 200 Dkr
Each chapter can be downloaded in Danish from EcoWiki.
ICROFS has published a 50-pages summary for interested international readers.
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ICROFS' knowledge syntheses are useful tools
Knowledge syntheses play an important role in the development and communication of research that takes place in ICROFS. A knowledge synthesis can be a useful tool in the preparation of new research projects, in clarifying particular problems, and for creating a more comprehensive, overall perspective on a specific subject, which draws on both the available scientific knowledge and practical experience.
The purpose of a knowledge synthesis
In short, a knowledge synthesis analyses, discusses and synthesises the existing knowledge on an unclarified, and often disputed, subject in relation to the main points of view. This work takes place in a group of experts who should represent the different perceptions and attitudes on the subject. It is therefore important to include experts with different scientific backgrounds and different practical and normative perspectives on the subject.
Improving the knowledge basis for future research
In such crossdisciplinary and often participatory work, the discussion and clarification of different perspectives and underlying values forms an important precondition for the more technical discussions. An important aim of a knowledge synthesis is to create a mutual, multi-dimensional understanding among the experts and an improved knowledge basis for future research. A second important aim is to communicate the new understanding widely by way of a final report, web information and often also through public workshops, in order to support the wider development of organic farming and food systems.
Twelve knowledge syntheses from ICROFS so far
Since 1998, ICROFS has carried out twelve knowledge syntheses on key issues in organic farming and food systems (only available in Danish):
nitrogen leaching and balances in conventional and organic production systems
health and welfare in organic milk production
opportunities and barriers in organic pig production
nature quality in organic agriculture
groundwater protection and organic conversion
organic food and human health
breeding of grain and pulses and production of seed in organic agriculture
consequences of genetically modified crops for organic agriculture
reduction of fossil energy use and production of renewable energy in organic agriculture
opportunities for organic fish production in Denmark
challenges and prospects in the global development of organic agriculture
opportunities and barriers for continued development, growth and integrity in the Danish organic sector (2008)