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A systems approach for assessing sustainability in livestock farms

Kristensen, Erik Steen and Halberg, Niels (1997) A systems approach for assessing sustainability in livestock farms. In: Sørensen, Jan Tind (Ed.) Proceedings of the fourth international symposium of Livestock Farming systems, EAAP Sattelite Symposium., Wageningen Pers, EAAP Publication, no. 89, pp. 16-29.

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The paper discusses different definitions of agricultural sustainability and claims that one has to be cautios about the normative content of the definition of sustainability. Therefore different groups in society may have different perceptions of agricultural sustainability, which is why the paper explores a conceptual model of a farm in its surroundings from the perspective of discourse theory. The farm is understood as a human activity system that reflects on the different, conflicting perceptions of agricultural sustainability. The farmer tries to assess how the current management is performing in relation to strong discourses in society, which may impact on the farm. For this use the farmer needs indicators of among others resource use and environmental impact. Examples of such indicators used in a so-called Ethical Account" are given.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:Agricultural sustainability, indicators, discourse theory, human activity system
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Specific methods > Indicators and other value-laden measures
Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy > Systems research and participatory research
Farming Systems
Research affiliation: Denmark > DARCOF I (1996-2001) > II.9 Farm management, the environment and wildlife
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > AU, DJF - Faculty of Agricultural Sciences
Deposited By: Halberg, Director, PhD Niels
ID Code:3101
Deposited On:17 Aug 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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