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Organic Rice Production System and Soil Carbon Storage in West Java, Indonesia

Sep 21, 2020

This academic study evaluates several differences between organic and conventional rice farming in West Java, Indonesia. Published in the Japanese Journal of Farm Work Research, the paper concludes:

  • Organic farming has significantly higher soil carbon storage capacity than conventional farming
  • Organic farming can cut financial costs for rice farmers, but it requires almost twice as much labour
  • The sharecropping system of rice farming in Indonesia is highly exploitative of workers. Therefore, research should be conducted to develop a fairer organic farming system that can enhance both local and global sustainability.

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