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Sustainability in organic and conventional farming: towards a multicriteria model based on simulated farm indicators
Author/s: Maurizio Canavari, Nicola Cantore, Sergio Albertazzi, Chiara Marco Della, Giuliano Vitali, Claudio Signorotti, Guido Baldoni, Concetta Cardillo, Antonella Trisorio, Guido Maria Bazzani, Roberta Spadoni, Domenico Regazzi 
Year:  2013 Issue: Language: English 
Pages:  26 Pg. 175-200 FullText PDF:  921 KB
DOI:  10.3280/EFE2013-001009
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In this paper we report our efforts to develop an inter-temporal model for the evaluation of the impact of organic farming on greenhouse gases emissions, that we called BIOSUS-MAD. The model focuses on the maximization of farmer’s net income though different crops rotations constrained to the use of resource inputs; outputs of this optimization process are numerical values for key variables useful to estimate a set of social, economic and environmental indicators. These indicators will feed a multi-criteria model providing a synthetic and comparable sustainability overall index. This approach makes MAD a potentially useful tool for policy-makers to get an ex-ante assessment of the effects of agro-environmental policies. The model can manage different scenarios and could provide useful information to policy makers by running simulations incorporating European economic and/or environmental policies.
Keywords: Sustainability, multicriteria analysis, farming, agricultural economics
Jel Code: Q15, Q16, Q57

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Maurizio Canavari, Nicola Cantore, Sergio Albertazzi, Chiara Marco Della, Giuliano Vitali, Claudio Signorotti, Guido Baldoni, Concetta Cardillo, Antonella Trisorio, Guido Maria Bazzani, Roberta Spadoni, Domenico Regazzi, in "ECONOMICS AND POLICY OF ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT" 1/2013, pp. 175-200, DOI:10.3280/EFE2013-001009


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