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Methodology for Sustainability Evaluation in Organic Farming under Colombian Conditions: a Proposal

Escobar, C.A.; Espinosa, A.; Malagon, R. and Zuluaga, A. (2005) Methodology for Sustainability Evaluation in Organic Farming under Colombian Conditions: a Proposal. Poster at: Researching Sustainable Systems - International Scientific Conference on Organic Agriculture, Adelaide, Australia, September 21-23, 2005. [Unpublished]

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Summary

The lack of specific methodologies to evaluate and monitor the impact of agricultural activities on the-biotic, abiotic and socio-economic environment constitutes a technical - scientific barrier for the development and improvement of Organic Agriculture in Colombia.
The proposed methodology consists of:
Step 1: Gathering of information on the organic production system by means of surveys and interviews with farmers.
Step 2: Characterisation and description of the production system.
Step 3: Qualification and quantification of the production system.
Step 4: Identification and evaluation of environmental quality indicators and creation of diagrams
Step 5: Interpretation of results.
This proposal is a first approach for a complete evaluation of any organic production system by means of using indicators that define environmental quality. The proposal is flexible to modification according to the specific conditions of each system, region or country.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:Environmental quality, Sustainability, Organic Agriculture
Subjects: Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference > 2005: 1st ISOFAR Conference
Related Links:http://orgprints.org/4013/, http://www.isofar.org/adelaide2005, http://orgprints.org/view/projects/int-conf-isofar-2005.html
Deposited By: ISOFAR,
ID Code:4339
Deposited On:23 Nov 2005
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:30
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:The paper presented here is the final paper submitted by the authors to the conference Researching Sustainable Systems.
The final edited papers are available with the following publication:
Köpke, Ulrich; Niggli, Urs; Neuhoff, Daniel; Cornish, Peter; Lockeretz, Willie und Willer, Helga, (Hrsg.) (2005) Researching Sustainable Systems. Proceedings of the First Scientific Conference of the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), Held in Cooperation with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia (NASAA), 21 – 23 September 2005, Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, South Australia.. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL, CH-Frick, and International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR), c/o Institute of Organic Agriculture (IOL), DE-University of Bonn. http://orgprints.org/4013/
Distribution: Paper copies may be ordered from FiBL at a cost of 28 Euros plus mailing costs (see FiBL shop at http://www.fibl.org/shop); FiBL order number 1394. A PDF version is available free of charge for ISOFAR members via the member area of www.isofar.org.

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