Conventional agriculture

Conventional agriculture is the name for the generally customary and widespread methods of arable farming and livestock farming that are not tied to specific farming methods such as integrated farming or organic farming; it was only when they were introduced that the term «conventional» came up. It is inappropriate because this type of agriculture in industrialised countries is subject to rapid technological progress and produces in a resource-efficient manner.

This is based above all on the thorough mechanization of all work processes, which are increasingly controlled electronically, in some cases even automated, and also on biotechnological and genetic modifications of livestock and crops for the purpose of increasing and securing yields. In livestock farming, progress is evident in the highly developed stable technology with air conditioning, feed control, milking robots and liquid manure removal. All types of digital support are used in crop production.