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|Title:||Organic and conventional horticulture are there significant ergonomic differences?|
|Author:||Tereso, Mauro Jose Andrade|
Abrahaõ, Roberto Funes
|Abstract:||The objective of this research study was to explore possible differences, in terms of ergonomics, between conventional and organic horticulture, from the analysis of real work situations. The Ergonomic Work Analysis method was applied to four horticultural farms in Brazil, from which two of them were devoted to organic production, while the other two were associated to conventional products. The main results showed that the work systems were practically the same, differing in tasks fulfillment frequency and intensity. The workers associated to the organic horticulture experience a sense of job security which impacts favorably in the global balance of work activities. Conventional horticulture is more standardized; exhibiting more stabilized tasks, whereas the organic production was noted to be in constant experimentation. The work was found to be more complex in organic farms, needing more frequent monitoring and control; also, communication and information exchange were noted to be more intense, requiring continuous learning. Despite the fact that the physical workload was similar, there are important differences between the work in organic and conventional horticulture practices related to the fields of cognition and emotional interaction with the work|
|Editor:||Asociacion Gallega de Investigadores para el Desarrollo Rural|
|Appears in Collections:||FEAGRI - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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