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The Dike-Pond Concept: Sustainable Agriculture and Nutrient Recycling in China

Mads Korn
Ambio
Vol. 25, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 6-13
Published by: Springer on behalf of Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4314411
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

Following rapid industrialization in China, traditional integrated-farming techniques are being lost before their potentials have been properly assessed. South of Canton, organic farming and waste recycling has been practiced for centuries in a dike-pond system, which still offers sustainable income opportunities and a multiple-crop yield which is, per area, among the highest in the world. Within the system, leakage of nutrients and the use of chemicals are minimized. A study of the dike-pond concept points at simple ways to reduce unfavorable environmental impacts of food production.

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