Special Issue "Sustainable and Organic Livestock Farming System"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Enrico Sturaro
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Guest Editor
Department of Agronomy Food Natural resources Animals and Environment (DAFNAE) - University of Padova, Italy
Interests: livestock farming systems; ecological footprint; ecosystem services; agroecology
Prof. Dr. Stefano Bovolenta
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Guest Editor
Department of Agricultural, Food, Environmental and Animal Sciences, University of Udine, Italy
Interests: livestock farming systems; dairy production and management; small scale farms; environmental sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The sustainability of livestock farming systems (LFS), in relation to global concern about climate change, human growth and demand of livestock products, the quality, synergies, and trade-offs of the services that agro-ecosystems managed for livestock provide to society, has become a fundamental issue for the public and scientific debate.

This Special Issue, therefore, addresses studies that advance frameworks, concepts, and applications related to the sustainability of livestock farming systems with a particular focus (but not only) on organic systems. In specific we encourage the submission of papers on the following specific topics: i) relationships between livestock farming systems and agroecosystems; ii) value chains able to improve the global sustainability of livestock farming systems; iii) ecosystem services and sustainability assessment of livestock farming systems. We particularly welcome papers based on multidisciplinary approaches and studies aiming to identify FAIR indicators for the definition of policies and strategies to improve the sustainability of livestock farming systems.

Prof. Dr. Enrico Sturaro
Prof. Dr. Stefano Bovolenta
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Livestock farming systems
  • Agroecology
  • Environmental footprint
  • Ecosystem services
  • Organic production

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Relationships between Organic Beef Production and Agro-Ecosystems in Mountain Areas: The Case of Catalan Pyrenees
Sustainability 2020, 12(21), 9274; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12219274 - 08 Nov 2020
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This study analyzed the link between organic beef production and agroecosystems in mountain areas and the potential effects of land use change in eight farms of Catalan Pyrenees with a three step approach: (i) assessment of structural and management features; (ii) comparison of [...] Read more.
This study analyzed the link between organic beef production and agroecosystems in mountain areas and the potential effects of land use change in eight farms of Catalan Pyrenees with a three step approach: (i) assessment of structural and management features; (ii) comparison of forage productivity and manure loads of 71 farmland parcels in relation with management intensity (natural meadows, seminatural meadows, temporary crops) and, for meadow parcels, with the farmers’ willingness to convert them to temporary crops; (iii) life cycle assessment of the environmental impacts. Each farm managed around 150 ha of pastures and 23 ha of farmland (of which only 5 as temporary crops), and maintained a herd of around 130 livestock units. Forage productivity and manure loads of farmland were modest and extremely variable, and no productive advantages could be predicted from the conversion of meadows to temporary crops. Environmental impacts were mostly related to the on-farm stages, because of low-input management and very high feed self-sufficiency, and the diets used showed very low feed/food competition. These results indicate a balance between organic beef production and management of mountain agroecosystems, which is a key point for sustainability and should be a priority in European policies and strategies. Full article
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