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Public goods and farming

Gerrard, Catherine L; Smith, Laurence; Pearce, Bruce; Padel, Susanne; Hitchings, Roger and Measures, Mark (2012) Public goods and farming. In: Farming for food and water security, 10. Sustainable Agriculture Reviews, no. 8380. Springer, Dodrecth Heidelberg New York London, pp. 1-22.

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There has recently been an increase in interest in the “public goods” that could be provided by a farm alongside its primary function of agricultural production. This paper reviews recent reports on the topic of public goods and, in particular, the public goods provided by agriculture and then goes on to discuss the development of a tool which can be used to assess the provision of public goods on a farm across a range of areas: soil management, biodiversity, landscape and heritage, water management, manure management and nutrients, energy and carbon, food security, agricultural systems diversity, social capital, farm business resilience, and animal health and welfare.

EPrint Type:Book chapter
Keywords:Public goods • Sustainability assessment • Tool • Organic
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Environmental aspects > Landscape and recreation
Research affiliation: UK > Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm
Deposited By: Padel, Dr Susanne
ID Code:22039
Deposited On:17 Dec 2012 10:47
Last Modified:12 Jul 2019 15:31
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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