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.

Sustainability in organic and conventional farming: towards a multicriteria model based on simulated farm indicators

CANAVARI, MAURIZIO;CANTORE, NICOLA;ALBERTAZZI, SERGIO;VITALI, GIULIANO;SIGNOROTTI, CLAUDIO;BALDONI, GUIDO;SPADONI, ROBERTA;REGAZZI, DOMENICO
2013

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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.
Canavari M.; Cantore N.; Albertazzi S.; Della Chiara M.; Vitali G.; Signorotti C.; Baldoni G.; Cardillo C.; Trisorio A.; Bazzani G.M.; Spadoni R.; Regazzi D.
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