Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Organic Farms in Denmark
AbstractThe growth of organic agriculture in Denmark raises the interest of both producers and consumers in the sustainability performance of organic production. The aim of this study was to examine the sustainability performance of farms in four agricultural sectors (vegetable, dairy, pig and poultry) using the sustainability assessment tool RISE 2.0. Thirty seven organic farms were assessed on 10 themes, including 51 subthemes. For one theme (water use) and 17 subthemes, a difference between sectors was found. Using the thresholds of RISE, the vegetable, dairy and pig sector performed positively for seven themes and the poultry sector for eight themes. The performance on the nutrient flows and energy and climate themes, however, was critical for all sectors. Moreover, the performance on the economic viability theme was critical for vegetable, dairy and pig farms. The development of a tool, including decisions, such as the selection of themes and indicators, reference values, weights and aggregation methods, influences the assessment results. This emphasizes the need for transparency and reflection on decisions made in sustainability assessment tools. The results of RISE present a starting point to discuss sustainability at the farm-level and contribute to an increase in awareness and learning about sustainability. View Full-Text
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de Olde, E.M.; Oudshoorn, F.W.; Bokkers, E.A.M.; Stubsgaard, A.; Sørensen, C.A.G.; de Boer, I.J.M. Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Organic Farms in Denmark. Sustainability 2016, 8, 957.
de Olde EM, Oudshoorn FW, Bokkers EAM, Stubsgaard A, Sørensen CAG, de Boer IJM. Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Organic Farms in Denmark. Sustainability. 2016; 8(9):957.Chicago/Turabian Style
de Olde, Evelien M.; Oudshoorn, Frank W.; Bokkers, Eddie A.M.; Stubsgaard, Anke; Sørensen, Claus A.G.; de Boer, Imke J.M. 2016. "Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Organic Farms in Denmark." Sustainability 8, no. 9: 957.
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