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Evaluation of Sustainability of Maize Cultivation in Poland. A Prospect Theory—PROMETHEE Approach

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Department of Bioeconomy and Systems Analysis, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation—State Research Institute, 8 Czartoryskich St, 24-100 Puławy, Poland
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Department of Forage Crop Production, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation—State Research Institute, 8 Czartoryskich St, 24-100 Puławy, Poland
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School of Law and Finance, Cracow University of Economics, 27 Rakowicka St, 31-510 Cracow, Poland
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School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Kounoupidiana, 73100 Chania, Greece
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Sustainability 2018, 10(11), 4263; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10114263
Received: 3 October 2018 / Revised: 8 November 2018 / Accepted: 15 November 2018 / Published: 18 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Crop Production Systems)
This study aims at exploiting research outcomes concerning tillage practices in order to make solutions available to farmers to mitigate negative environmental impact to soils. Two alternative practices have been analysed against conventional full tillage based on data provided by a long-term experiment conducted at the Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG) farm in Grabów, Central Poland. Reduced Tillage and Direct Sowing are evaluated against Full Tillage on the basis of socio-economic and environmental criteria. Multi-criteria decision analysis undertaken using the PROMETHEE method provided evidence that the ‘optimal’ maize cultivation system depends on the decision maker’s viewpoint and preferences. In fact, criteria selected and related weights elicited from representative farmers, as well as from an expert agronomist, reveal different viewpoints. Direct sowing was the most preferable for the large farm and expert perspective, whereas in case of small farm reduced tillage ranked first. Prospect theory developed by behavioural economists was incorporated to take into account decision biases. As a matter of fact, based on Prospect Theory-PROMETHEE from the small farm and the expert perspective, the conventional system was now ranked first, while for the large farm, the most preferable practice was still direct sowing. View Full-Text
Keywords: maize; tillage systems; multiple-criteria decision analysis; PROMETHEE; prospect theory maize; tillage systems; multiple-criteria decision analysis; PROMETHEE; prospect theory
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Król, A.; Księżak, J.; Kubińska, E.; Rozakis, S. Evaluation of Sustainability of Maize Cultivation in Poland. A Prospect Theory—PROMETHEE Approach. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4263.

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