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How to fear farming system sustainability ? Application to organic cattle meat production

Stassart, Dr. Pierre; Stilmant, Dr. Didier and Jamar, Ir. Daniel (2006) How to fear farming system sustainability ? Application to organic cattle meat production. Paper at: Joint Organic Congress, Odense, Denmark, May 30-31, 2006.

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Following different crises, involving agricultural systems, either in terms of environmental pressure or of food quality and safety, an increasing need for farming system sustainability evaluation has been highlighted. How, from the research point of view, to evaluate such sustainability ? What is the methodology to mobilise ?
First approaches have developed sustainability indicators to quantify the fluxes existing between the farming systems and their economical, environmental or social surroundings. However, these indicators are difficult to aggregate: each farming system is unique, so it is difficult to define reference values to reach, whatever the farm type. Such indicators are of value when they allow farmers to become aware of the impact of their practices and of the improvement that could be expected following their modification
An alternative, to articulate system externalities with farmer practices and schemes, is to shift from eco-centred research posture, wanting to model systems diversity and complexity, to holistic approach with the mobilisation of ‘research-intervention’ methodology. In such posture, the researcher implies himself in the collective action. However the key issue is the reflexivity between these research approaches : research intervention allows to identify possible solutions to be validated in eco- or techno-centred approaches. Once validated these solutions, shared with the actors, are easily accepted

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Subjects: Food systems > Produce chain management
Food systems > Recycling, balancing and resource management
Research affiliation: International Conferences > 2006: Joint Organic Congress > Theme 1: Research in sustainable systems
Deposited By: Stilmant, Dr. Ir. D.
ID Code:8198
Deposited On:09 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:33
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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