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Development of a Management Tool to Indicate the Environmental Impact of Organic Viticulture

Fragoulis, Georgios; Trevisan, Marco; di Guardo, Andrea; Scorce, Andrea; van der Meer, Markus; Weibel, Franco and Capri, Ettore (2009) Development of a Management Tool to Indicate the Environmental Impact of Organic Viticulture. Journal of Environmental Quality , 38 (2), pp. 826-835.

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Organic viticulture is an important part of the European Union organic farming sector, and, according to the most recent surveys, 1.5% of European Union wine originates from organic farms, with an upward trend. This paper describes an environmental impact of an organic viticulture indicator (EIOVI) that can be reliably used in the management of organic vineyards. The EIOVI can be used as a decision support system for farmers and other property managers by evaluating the potential ecological impact of their choices, thus optimizing management options. The tool allows the simulation of vineyard management based on six agricultural and ecological modules. The EIOVI is a fuzzy expert system that calculates the relationship between the modules on the basis of a set of 64 decision rules. Initial testing (validation) has been performed using 20 simulations for six Swiss wine-growing estates. The results of these tests were promising; the EIOVI motivates managers to consider the wine-growing estate as a whole by subsummarizing all aspects of management. The visualization of results is very tangible and clearly shows that the use of this indicator could improve the management of the vineyard. With some improvements, the EIOVI will be a helpful assessment tool for vine growers, consultants, environmental agencies, and scientists.

EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:tool, environmental impact, organic viticulture, indicator, EU, Anbautechnik Pflanzenbau, Bioweinbau, EIOVI, Nachhaltigkeitsanalyse, sustainability assessment
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Fruit and berries > Viticulture
Research affiliation: Italy > Univ. Sacro Cuore Piacenza
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Special crops > Winegrowing
DOI:doi: 10.2134/jeq2008.0182
Related Links:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19244505, http://www.fibl.org/en/switzerland/research/horticultural-sciences.html
Deposited By: Weibel, Franco
ID Code:17947
Deposited On:22 Oct 2010 07:57
Last Modified:22 May 2020 11:13
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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