ClimateVeg – Improving CLIMATE and environmental profile of Danish organic VEGetables

Project: Research

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The Danish demand for organic fruit and vegetables has more than doubled from 2013 to 2016. The group is now the largest organic commodity group, higher than milk, cheese and eggs together. Vegetables will in a future climate optimized diet replace meat and a proportion of 2/5 should be vegetables according to the national dietary recommendations. The climate and environmental profile of vegetables on the plate is therefore crucial in order to gain the highest possible reduction in diet-related greenhouse gas emissions.
The current climate and environmental profile of organic vegetables is challenged by high risk of N leaching and loss of soil carbon in open-field vegetables and a high energy-use for greenhouse vegetables. The overall aim of the current project is to document the climate and environmental profile of Danish organic vegetables and identify improvement options in close collaboration with Danish organic vegetable producers.
1. Document the current climate and environmental profile of major organic vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage and carrots) and identify hotspots.
2. Test options for replacing animal manure with plant-based organic fertilizers combined with annual plant cover to reduce N-leaching and increase soil carbon storage.
3. Test options to reduce energy consumption and increase biodiversity in greenhouses.
4. To design optimized systems in close collaboration with major commercial organic producers.

Project period: 01.01.2019- 31.12.2022

Funding: RDD4, ICROFS, GUDP and project partners

Project partners: AU-AGRO, Gartneriet Lykkesholm, Økogaarden, Aarstiderne A/S, RootConsult for Månssons
Effective start/end date01/01/201931/12/2022

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