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How can we know if organics becomes better? A perspectivist view on multicriteria assessment

Alrøe, Hugo Fjelsted and Noe, Egon (2014) How can we know if organics becomes better? A perspectivist view on multicriteria assessment. In: Rahmann, G. and Aksoy, U. (Eds.) Building Organic Bridges, Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Braunschweig, Germany, 1, Thuenen Report, no. 20, pp. 191-194.

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This paper aims to provide insights into the deeper challenges of making and communicating overall assessments of organic food systems.
Methods to do overall sustainability assessment are very different, they produce different assessments, and none of them can claim to have the ‘right’ answer. This paper aims to show some of the deeper challenges of making and communicating overall assessments of organic food systems, by investigating the role of scientific and stakeholder perspectives. Some results are that (1) sustainability is a paradoxical perspective, which relies on a multitude of specialised scientific perspectives; (2) assessments are based on built-in, but mostly hidden and sometimes incompatible values; and (3) the key to successful overall assessments is to make perspectives and values explicit in order to enable assessment of assessments in a participatory process. We conclude that there is a need to develop new participatory methods to handle perspectives and values in the preparation and communication of assessments of organic food systems.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:multicriteria assessment, organic food systems, values, knowledge, perspectives
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Research affiliation: Denmark > Organic RDD 1 > MultiTrust
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University > Faculty of Science and Technology > Department of Agroecology
International Conferences > 2014: 18th IFOAM OWC Scientific Track: 4th ISOFAR Scientific Conference
ISBN:978-3-86576-128-6
DOI:10.3220/REP_20_1_2014
Deposited By: Alrøe, PhD Hugo Fjelsted
ID Code:23904
Deposited On:30 Oct 2014 11:31
Last Modified:30 Oct 2014 11:31
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted
Additional Publishing Information:urn:nbn:de:gbv:253-201407-dn053621-1

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