The paper "Information Resources on Organic Farming" is an excellent example of an annotated bibliography on agriculture. Lyons, K. & Lawrence, G. (2007). Institutionalization and Resistance: Organic Agriculture in Australia and New Zealand. Retrieved 11 October 2010, http: //www98.griffith. edu. au/dspace/bitstream/10072/841/1/swedenlyoandlaw. pdf The structure in this academic article is well organized, starting with an introduction that allows the reader to understand the general concept of organic farming in Australia and New Zealand, developments of the same, and controversies surrounding it. The article examines the institutionalization of organics in the two countries, and also investigates the motivations held by farmers who adopt organic farming.
The article concludes by stating that the future of farming in the two countries is likely to remain split into two branches as the groups supporting and opposing organic farming struggle to assert their positions. This article covers the advantages and disadvantages of organic farming based on its comparison with chemical farming. Among the highlighted advantages is its sustainability, while productivity and efficiency concerns remain one of the biggest challenges highlighted in this article. I think this article is informative and educative especially to a first time farmer who is considering whether or not to venture into organic farming, hence the reason I included it in the top 25 information resources list. Organic agriculture, environment, and food security Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN & Sustainable Development.
Department. (2002). Organic Agriculture, environment, and food security. Rome: Food & Agriculture Organisation. http: //books. google. com. au/books? hl=en& lr=& id=ZeGpgERESvkC& oi=fnd& pg=PA3& dq=organic+farming+practice+in+Australia& ots=halu0VaFNj& sig=7R_BPhFamoybRkfE7jPC8jJDMbM#v=onepage& q=organic%20farming%20practice%20in%20Australia& f=false This book defines what organic farming is, and explains that organic agriculture is a holistic production and management system that enhances biological cycles through minimal or no use of external input. Specifically, the book states that organic farming avoids the complete use of chemical-based pesticides and fertilizers hence ensuring that minimal residues are released into the environment.
The book is organized into chapters that address topics such as the definition of terms, organic farming development, agronomic performance, and economic performance of organic farming. Although the book is not Australia-specific, I included it among the top 25-information resources because it has a wealth of information regarding organic farming, which includes benefits and drawbacks of organic farming and potential buyers of his or her products. The book also offers lessons from other countries where some farmers have already adopted organic farming. A comparative study of some environmental impacts of conventional and organic farming in Australia Wood, R., Lenzen, M., Det, C.
& Lundie, S. (2005). A comparative study of some environmental impacts of conventional and organic farming in Australia. Agricultural Systems, 89(2-3), 324-348. http: //www. sciencedirect. com/science? _ob=ArticleURL& _udi=B6T3W-4HKD04R-1& _user=10& _coverDate=09/30/2006& _rdoc=1& _fmt=high& _orig=search& _origin=search& _sort=d& _docanchor=& view=c& _acct=C000050221& _version=1& _urlVersion=0& _userid=10& md5=dae46a48a4b9a7a817b0dc1d6e030c91& searchtype=a This journal article offers a comparative study of organic farming and conventional farming in relation to their respective greenhouse gas emissions, employment, water use, land disturbance, and energy consumption. In the article, the researchers surveyed farms using the two types of farming.
The article analyses both direct and indirect impacts of organic and in-organic farming and concludes by stating that organic farming is more efficient in reducing water and energy use, in addition to releasing fewer greenhouse gases into the environment. This article is based on scientific research and therefore acts as a source of informed knowledge for a farmer willing to understand comparisons between organic and conventional farming, hence my inclusion of the same in this list.