We believe it is essential to have a similar understanding of key terms related to the research in order to successfully conduct interdisciplinary and intercultural research together. In addition, it is important to explain to the audience , on what assumptions and definitions the respective research is based to enable the audience to use and interpret the research. As a team, we therefore developed a working definition of the term organic farming which describes what we understand under organic farming in the context of this research project.
Underorganic farming we understand farming practices that avoid the use of petrochemical pesticides and fertilizers as well as genetically modified seeds in conjunction with a sustainable soil management.
Like any agricultural activity so does organic farming express certain values, ideas and aspirations regarding the human and non-human environment in a given socio-ecological context. However, as organic farming is frequently guided by normative principles of sustainability, it ideally uses natural resources in a socially and environmentally sustainable manner and thus leads to healthy diets, food security, sustained livelihoods, and the maintenance of environmental integrity.