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Environmental assessment: LCA of innovative agroecological protected vegetable cropping systems

Thompson, Michael and Moakes, Simon (2021) Environmental assessment: LCA of innovative agroecological protected vegetable cropping systems. GreenResilient Deliverable 5.9.. Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL , CH-Frick.

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Summary

The use of agroecological practices in intensive organic greenhouse production systems represents an innovative approach for improving resilience, soil health and the fertility of these systems. Practices of interest include, for example, diversified crop rotations, agroecological service crops (ASC), local composts, flower strips, and transfer mulches. Yet, for these practices to be adopted, they must, in addition to securing the approval of farmers, also clearly demonstrate competitive or superior levels of environmental sustainability.
The aim of this study, therefore, was to assess the potential environmental impacts of agroecological innovative vegetable cropping systems, relative to business as usual and for a range of environmental indicators and geographic settings. This resulted in data collection, inventory analyses and life cycle impact assessments of 75 unique cultivations belonging to 13 cropping systems of five experimental project sites: Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Collected data for each site represented, in aggregate, an entire crop rotation which allowed for results to be compared at both the product and cropping system level. System boundaries included farm stage production and all main upstream activities associated with key production inputs. A wide set of agriculturally relevant environmental indicators assured the identification of trade-offs between and within systems.


EPrint Type:Report
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:greenhouse crops, resilience, cropping systems, vegetables, GreenResilient, Core Organic Cofund, Abacus, FiBL55312
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
greenhouse crops
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3377
English
resilience
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1374480530924
English
cropping systems
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1971
English
vegetables
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8174
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Air and water emissions
Crop husbandry > Production systems > Vegetables
Crop husbandry > Greenhouses and coverings
Research affiliation: European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > GreenResilient
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Anbautechnik
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Sustainability > Sustainability assessment > LCA
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Crops > Special crops > Vegetables
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:727495
Related Links:https://www.greenresilient.net/
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:40167
Deposited On:06 Jul 2021 09:12
Last Modified:16 Feb 2022 12:15
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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