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Measuring and improving the environmental performance of organic farming

Müller, Adrian; Meier, Matthias; Schader, Christian; Gattinger, Andreas and Steffens, Markus (2018) Measuring and improving the environmental performance of organic farming. In: Köpke, Prof. Ulrich (Ed.) Improving organic crop production. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK, chapter 14, x-x.

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There is a large and growing body of literature comparing the environmental performance of organic and conventional farming in specific settings, either on farm or product level. However, how one assesses ‘environmental performance’ is a complex and multifaceted question, and one-dimensional indicators tend to neglect key aspects of production systems. This chapter evaluates a number of multidimensional methods of assessment, including Life Cycle Assessment, Productivity Analysis, multi-criteria assessment approaches and food systems modelling. It is concluded that the assessment of environmental performance must go beyond the level of production, and address consistency and sufficiency aspects that emerge at the consumption stage. The organic sector has a vital role to play in defining how performance of agro-systems and food systems should be assessed.


EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:organic farming, agro-systems, food systems, Life Cycle Assessment, environmental performance
Subjects:"Organics" in general
Environmental aspects
Knowledge management
Research affiliation: Switzerland > ETHZ - Agrarwissenschaften
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Sustainability
Germany > University of Gießen
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Socio-Economics > Agripolicy
ISBN:978 1 78676 184 2
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Deposited By: Muller, Adrian
ID Code:34335
Deposited On:21 Jan 2019 13:25
Last Modified:13 Feb 2019 10:51
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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