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The footprint of organic farms. Some ecological indicators to evaluate it Department of Food crops – State University of Milan

Spigarolo, Roberto; Bechini , Luca and Bocchi , Stefano (2009) The footprint of organic farms. Some ecological indicators to evaluate it Department of Food crops – State University of Milan. In: Mikkelsen, Bent Egberg; He, Chen; Mikkola, Minna; Nielsen, Thorkild and Nymoen, Lena Lie (Eds.) CORE Organic Project Series Report, ICROFS, Tjele, Denmark, pp. 57-65.

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Agro-ecological indicators are a tool which provides an agile evaluation of the ecological footprint of a farm. This paper analyses the preliminary results of a survey in which 7 agro-ecological indicators were calculated for 81 organic farms in the region of Lombardy in the northern part of Italy.
The indicators chosen (all indicators of State) are: hedges and rows, energy input, energy output, energy output/input ratio, N balance, P2O5 balance, works unit per hectare.
The preliminary results suggest that these indicators allow to discriminate between different farms on the basis of the productive orientation (cropping classes). In perspective, the use of indicators may enable farmers to improve the management of their farm, evaluating the ecological footprint in order to reduce it gradually.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:iPOPY, Italy, environment, evaluation, farm level
Subjects: Food systems
Environmental aspects
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic > iPOPY
ISBN:978-87-92499-04-2
Related Links:http://www.agrsci.dk/ipopy
Deposited By: Løes, Anne-Kristin
ID Code:17419
Deposited On:25 Aug 2010 12:51
Last Modified:25 Aug 2010 12:51
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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