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|Title: ||Sustainability of specialized and mixed farm systems taking risk into account|
|Authors: ||Vander Vennet, B.|
Van Passel, S.
|Issue Date: ||2010|
|Citation: ||11th Biennial Conference of the International Society for Ecological Economics, Oldenburg and Bremen - Germany, August 22-25, 2010|
|Abstract: ||In this paper we use the case study of Flemish pig farms to decompose the complex sustainability discussion into a
reflection about the role of farm systems and the role of uncertainty and the implications for a sustainability assessment.
A literature overview gives an insight in the ongoing scientific discussion about how to move towards a more
sustainable pig production and the favored farm system. Based on the literature about the strong connection with the
external input use, for example soy, and the sustainability of pig farms, we included the concentrate use in the
assessment. A second problem, which will be especially tackled in this paper is the fact that the variability in space and
time of sustainability performance can lead to results that are very time and situation dependent. If this aspect of
uncertainty is not taken into account during a sustainability performance assessment, it can result in misleading results.
Figge and Hahn (2007) proposed a new method to include aspects of risk in the sustainability assessment. This method
will be used to compare specialized and mixed pig production systems, including external inputs in the assessment.|
|Type: ||Conference Material|
|Appears in Collections: ||Research publications|
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