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Title: Developing farm-level sustainability indicators for Ireland using the Teagasc National Farm Survey
Authors: Ryan, Mary
Hennessy, Thia
Buckley, Cathal
Dillon, Emma J.
Donnellan, Trevor
Hanrahan, Kevin
Moran, Brian
Keywords: agriculture
farm survey data
sustainability indicators
Issue Date: 30-Dec-2016
Publisher: Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority), Ireland
Citation: Ryan, M., Hennessy, T., Buckley, C., et al. (2016). Developing farm-level sustainability indicators for Ireland using the Teagasc National Farm Survey. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 55(2), pp. 112-125, doi:10.1515/ijafr-2016-0011
Series/Report no.: Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research;vol 55
Abstract: In the context of an expanding, export-dependent agri-food sector, indicators of sustainable development and intensification are necessary to measure, assess and verify the comparative advantage afforded by Ireland’s natural pastoral-based food production systems. Such indicators are also necessary to ensure that we produce more food with less adverse impacts on the Irish environment, climate and society. This article outlines the development of farm-level indicators that refect the multifaceted nature of sustainability, which is encompassed in economic, environmental and social indicators. The role of innovation in farm sustainability was also examined. A comparison of indicators across Irish farm systems showed that dairy farms, followed by tillage farms, tended to be the most economically and socially sustainable farm systems. In relation to greenhouse gas emissions in particular, the top-performing dairy farms, in an economic sense, also tended to be the best-performing farms from an environmental sustainability perspective. This trend was also evident in relation to the adoption of innovative practices on farm, which was found to be strongly correlated with economic performance.
Description: peer-reviewed
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11019/1151
ISSN: 2009-9029
0791-6833 (print)
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