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Delivering "less but better" meat in practice-a case study of a farm in agroecological transition

Sahlin, Kajsa Resare and Carolus, Johannes and von Greyerz, Karin and Ekqvist, Ida and Röös, Elin (2022). Delivering "less but better" meat in practice-a case study of a farm in agroecological transition. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 42 :2 , 24
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Eating "less but better" meat can be a strategy to guide meat consumption in Western or high-income countries towards sustainability, but what "better" means depends on the perspective. Multiple studies and reports suggest that agroecological farming systems could contribute to a broad range of sustainability benefits, but few studies have examined the implications for people and nature following trade-offs between sustainability priorities at the farm level. Therefore, this study explored the effects on a broad range of sustainability themes following agroecological transition on a case farm in east-central Sweden. We applied a novel mixed-methods approach, combining the indicator-based SMART-Farm tool with additional quantitative and qualitative analysis of the farm's climate impact, contribution to global food security, economic performance, and working conditions. The results showed improvements for aspects within environmental, social, economic, and governance-related sustainability dimensions, with corroborating results across methods. The case farm thus served as an example of transition to a more sustainable production system, but as expected, there were both trade-offs and synergies between sustainability aspects. Negative effects were found for economic aspects at the farm and societal level. For this case, one may conclude that "better" meat production both supports and depends on, a more sustainable farm; but that "better" meat and a more sustainable farm cannot be viewed in isolation from the wider food system. Also, "better" can be described by several states along a transition pathway. Key contributions of the study are threefold, a) articulation of the links between agroecology and the concept "less but better," b) empirically demonstrating synergies and trade-offs in striving for more sustainable meat production, and c) a novel methodological approach for sustainability assessment.

Authors/Creators:Sahlin, Kajsa Resare and Carolus, Johannes and von Greyerz, Karin and Ekqvist, Ida and Röös, Elin
Title:Delivering "less but better" meat in practice-a case study of a farm in agroecological transition
Series Name/Journal:Agronomy for Sustainable Development
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:42
Number:2
Article number:24
Number of Pages:17
Publisher:SPRINGER FRANCE
ISSN:1774-0746
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:"Less but better" Meat, Agroecological transition, Sustainability assessment, SMART-Farm Tool RRID:SCR_018197
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116557
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116557
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DOI10.1007/s13593-021-00737-5
Web of Science (WoS)000772418200001
ID Code:27485
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Energy and Technology
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:31 Mar 2022 12:25
Metadata Last Modified:31 Mar 2022 12:31

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