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Assessment of net ecosystem services of plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation in China

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  • Chang, Jie
  • Wu, Xu
  • Liu, Anqin
  • Wang, Yan
  • Xu, Bin
  • Yang, Wu
  • Meyerson, Laura A.
  • Gu, Baojing
  • Peng, Changhui
  • Ge, Ying
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    Plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation is rapidly expanding in China and elsewhere worldwide. In order to comprehensively understand the impacts of plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation on agricultural ecosystem services and dis-services, we developed an assessment framework for the net ecosystem services and used China as a case study. Our results showed that, compared to conventional vegetable cultivation, plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation has higher fresh vegetable production, greater CO2 fixation (3.61 t CO2 ha- 1 yr- 1), better soil retention (23.1 t ha- 1 yr- 1), and requires less irrigation (2132 m3 water ha- 1 yr- 1), maintains similar soil fertility, but also has higher NO3- accumulation and N2O emissions. In 2004, plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation in China provided an overall net economic benefit of 67,956 yuan ha-1 yr- 1 (8.28 yuan = 1 USD in 2004), where 68,240 yuan ha- 1 yr- 1 represented ecosystem services and 284 yuan ha- 1 yr- 1 for dis-services. The transition from conventional vegetable cultivation to plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation resulted in a net economic benefit of 24,248 yuan ha- 1 yr- 1. A cost-benefit analysis suggests that plastic greenhouse vegetable cultivation in China has the potential to optimize social benefits in addition to increasing annual economic income to farmers directly.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

    Volume (Year): 70 (2011)
    Issue (Month): 4 (February)
    Pages: 740-748

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:70:y:2011:i:4:p:740-748
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