Agricultural Sustainability: A Review of Concepts and Methods

Lampridi, Maria G., Sørensen, Claus G. and Bochtis, Dionysis (2019) Agricultural Sustainability: A Review of Concepts and Methods. Sustainability, 11 (18). p. 5120.

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This paper presents a methodological framework for the systematic literature review of agricultural sustainability studies. The framework synthesizes all the available literature review criteria and introduces a two-level analysis facilitating systematization, data mining, and methodology analysis. The framework was implemented for the systematic literature review of 38 crop agricultural sustainability assessment studies at farm-level for the last decade. The investigation of the methodologies used is of particular importance since there are no standards or norms for the sustainability assessment of farming practices. The chronological analysis revealed that the scientific community’s interest in agricultural sustainability is increasing in the last three years. The most used methods include indicator-based tools, frameworks, and indexes, followed by multicriteria methods. In the reviewed studies, stakeholder participation is proved crucial in the determination of the level of sustainability. It should also be mentioned that combinational use of methodologies is often observed, thus a clear distinction of methodologies is not always possible

Keywords:sustainability assessment, agricultural sustainability
Subjects:H Engineering > H220 Environmental Engineering
H Engineering > H223 Environmental Impact Assessment
Divisions:College of Science > Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology
ID Code:39231
Deposited On:23 Dec 2019 10:12

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