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Assessing agro-ecological practices using a combination of three sustainability assessment tools

Landert, Jan and Pfeifer, Catherine and Carolus, Johannes and Schwarz, Gerald and Albanito, Fabrizio and Muller, Adrian and Smith, Pete and Sanders, Juern and Schader, Christian and Vanni, Francesco and Prazan, Jaroslav and Baumgart, Lukas and Blockeel, Johan and Weisshaidinger, Rainer and Bartel-Kratochvil, Ruth and Hollaus, Alexander and Mayer, Andreas and Hrabalova, Andrea and Helin, Janne and Aakkula, Jyrki and Svels, Kristina and Guisepelli, Emmanuel and Smyrniotopoulou, Alexandra and Vlahos, George and Iordanidis, Yiannis and Szilagyi, Alfred and Podmaniczky, Laszlo and Balazs, Katalin and Galioto, Francesco and Longhitano, Davide and Rossignolo, Letizia and Povellato, Andrea and Zilans, Andis and Jegelevicius, Grazvy-das and Fratila, Mihaela and Yoldi, Uxue Iragui and Massa, Carlos Astrain and Adrian, Jon Bienzobas and Resare Sahlin, Kajsa and Röös, Elin and Frick, Rebekka and Bircher, Richard and Aalders, Inge and Irvine, Katherine N. and Kyle, Carol and Miller, David (2020). Assessing agro-ecological practices using a combination of three sustainability assessment tools. Landbauforschung. 70 , 129-144
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Abstract

The alignment of the environmental, economic and social sustainability of farms is necessary for enhancing the provision of public goods in farming. This study combines the use of three tools for the assessment of farm sustainability. It provides first insights into the sustainability performance of farms at different stages of agro-ecological transitions in 15 case studies covering a range of different farming systems across Europe. Each case study reflects a different-transition towards agro-ecological farming. The tools applied were COMPAS (an economic farm assessment tool); Cool Farm Tool (a greenhouse gas inventory, water footprint and biodiversity assessment tool); and the SMART Farm Tool (a multidimensional sustainability assessment tool).First results of the use of combined sustainability assessments deepen the understanding of different farming systems. Sustainability performance varies greatly between farms, but overall, agro-ecological farms tend to enhance biodiversity and water quality. For soil quality, no clear patterns could be identified. The same applies to economic performance at different stages of the agro-ecological transition. Quality of life was generally rated medium to high on all investigated farms. The combined sustainability assessment enabled the identification of areas for further policy development.Aligning the tools required harmonising definitions, simplification and assumptions with regard to the input data of the tools.

Authors/Creators:Landert, Jan and Pfeifer, Catherine and Carolus, Johannes and Schwarz, Gerald and Albanito, Fabrizio and Muller, Adrian and Smith, Pete and Sanders, Juern and Schader, Christian and Vanni, Francesco and Prazan, Jaroslav and Baumgart, Lukas and Blockeel, Johan and Weisshaidinger, Rainer and Bartel-Kratochvil, Ruth and Hollaus, Alexander and Mayer, Andreas and Hrabalova, Andrea and Helin, Janne and Aakkula, Jyrki and Svels, Kristina and Guisepelli, Emmanuel and Smyrniotopoulou, Alexandra and Vlahos, George and Iordanidis, Yiannis and Szilagyi, Alfred and Podmaniczky, Laszlo and Balazs, Katalin and Galioto, Francesco and Longhitano, Davide and Rossignolo, Letizia and Povellato, Andrea and Zilans, Andis and Jegelevicius, Grazvy-das and Fratila, Mihaela and Yoldi, Uxue Iragui and Massa, Carlos Astrain and Adrian, Jon Bienzobas and Resare Sahlin, Kajsa and Röös, Elin and Frick, Rebekka and Bircher, Richard and Aalders, Inge and Irvine, Katherine N. and Kyle, Carol and Miller, David
Title:Assessing agro-ecological practices using a combination of three sustainability assessment tools
Series Name/Journal:Landbauforschung
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:70
Page range:129-144
Number of Pages:16
Publisher:JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUNEN INST-VTI
ISSN:0458-6859
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 4 Agricultural Sciences > 405 Other Agricultural Sciences > Environmental Sciences related to Agriculture and Land-use
Keywords:agro-ecology, agro-ecological farming practices, sustainability assessment tools, SMART Farm Tool (RRID:SCR_018197), Cool Farm Tool
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111723
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-111723
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Type of IDID
DOI10.3220/LBF1612794225000
Web of Science (WoS)000629651300004
ID Code:23457
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:07 May 2021 13:03
Metadata Last Modified:07 May 2021 13:11

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