Farmers’ perception of soil: Implications for soil conservation and sustainable agriculture in the UK

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596260
Title:
Farmers’ perception of soil: Implications for soil conservation and sustainable agriculture in the UK
Authors:
Duruiheoma, Franklin I.; Burek, Cynthia V.; Bonwick, Graham A.; Alexander, Roy
Abstract:
We identify UK farmers' perception of soil, awareness of soil in terms of how they describe it, their awareness of its benefits other than for crop production,their familiarity with soil conservation and their opinions on soil protection and the value of organic fertilizers. Data were collected with the aid of social media using both Twitter and electronic mail to deistribute a survey link to farmers,UK yellow pages, Natural England directory and Twitter were used to search for farms. Data were analysed using SPSS and Wordle. Results showed that farmers' describe soils in abstract, scientific, physical attribute and functional terms. Awareness of soil benefits other than crop production was significantly related to age, and farm ownership. Educational level was significantly related to familiarity with soil conservation and opinion on whether soil should be protected like other natural resources. The implications of these results for soil conservation and sustainable agriculture are discussed and used as the basis for policy recommendations.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Duruiheoma, F. I., Burek, C. V., Bonwick, G., & Alexander, R. (2015), Farmers’ perception of soil: Implications for soil conservation and sustainable agriculture in the UK. Global Journal of Agricultural Research, 3(3), 11-24.
Publisher:
European Centre for Research, Training and Development (ECRTD), UK.
Journal:
Global Journal of Agricultural Research
Publication Date:
1-Sep-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/596260
Additional Links:
http://www.eajournals.org/journals/global-journal-of-agricultural-research-gjar/
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in Global Journal of Agricultural Research. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.eajournals.org/journals/global-journal-of-agricultural-research-gjar/
ISSN:
2053-5813
Appears in Collections:
Biological Sciences

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorDuruiheoma, Franklin I.en
dc.contributor.authorBurek, Cynthia V.en
dc.contributor.authorBonwick, Graham A.en
dc.contributor.authorAlexander, Royen
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-15T12:46:37Zen
dc.date.available2016-02-15T12:46:37Zen
dc.date.issued2015-09-01en
dc.identifier.citationDuruiheoma, F. I., Burek, C. V., Bonwick, G., & Alexander, R. (2015), Farmers’ perception of soil: Implications for soil conservation and sustainable agriculture in the UK. Global Journal of Agricultural Research, 3(3), 11-24.en
dc.identifier.issn2053-5813en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/596260en
dc.descriptionThis document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a published work that appeared in final form in Global Journal of Agricultural Research. To access the final edited and published work see http://www.eajournals.org/journals/global-journal-of-agricultural-research-gjar/-
dc.description.abstractWe identify UK farmers' perception of soil, awareness of soil in terms of how they describe it, their awareness of its benefits other than for crop production,their familiarity with soil conservation and their opinions on soil protection and the value of organic fertilizers. Data were collected with the aid of social media using both Twitter and electronic mail to deistribute a survey link to farmers,UK yellow pages, Natural England directory and Twitter were used to search for farms. Data were analysed using SPSS and Wordle. Results showed that farmers' describe soils in abstract, scientific, physical attribute and functional terms. Awareness of soil benefits other than crop production was significantly related to age, and farm ownership. Educational level was significantly related to familiarity with soil conservation and opinion on whether soil should be protected like other natural resources. The implications of these results for soil conservation and sustainable agriculture are discussed and used as the basis for policy recommendations.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEuropean Centre for Research, Training and Development (ECRTD), UK.en
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.eajournals.org/journals/global-journal-of-agricultural-research-gjar/en
dc.subjectAnaerobic digestion (AD)en
dc.subjectSoil conservationen
dc.subjectSustainable agricultureen
dc.subjectEthnopedologyen
dc.titleFarmers’ perception of soil: Implications for soil conservation and sustainable agriculture in the UKen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalGlobal Journal of Agricultural Researchen
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