Check with Roger Payne and Vic Barnett at Rothamsted Experimental Station,
Harpenden, UK. They might (should) be able to offer some assistance.
They represent 2 of the 3 editors of the "Ag. Sustainability...."
book. I don't have their phone or address at hand but can dig it out if
you need it.
Jim Novak, Ext. Econ. & Prof.
Rm 304 Comer
Dept. Ag. Economics & Rural Soc.
Auburn University, Alabama, 36849 USA
On Thu, 22 Feb 1996, Nic Lampkin wrote:
> I would also be interested in any information on working farm-level
> approaches to sustainability evaluations. We are trying to develop
> approaches that allow farmers to incorporate environmental and animal
> welfare issues more explicitly into their decision-making. Often, financial
> and yield data are given more weighting simply because farmers have more
> information on these topics.
> This links to the (never-ending) organic and sustainability debate. Organic
> production methods and production standards exist for a reason, not just for
> the sake of it. These reasons (or goals such as environmental and resource
> use sustainability, financial viability of family farms, socio-cultural
> concerns, food security, animal welfare) are identical to those commonly
> associated with sustainable agriculture. Organic production standards
> represent a means to achieve organic/sustainability goals, and are not an
> end in themselves. Developing a distinct market provides a means by which
> farmers who voluntarily internalise external costs can be compensated. The
> real question is which approaches (organic, LISA, integrated) are more
> successful in moving towards sustainability goals, as I remain unconvinced
> that anyone can demonstrate a perfectly sustainable agriculture. This
> assessment would involve reconciling conflicting goals, such as food
> production levels and environmental impact/resource consumption, which makes
> consideration of whether organic farming can feed the world irrelevant in
> isolation from the other issues.
> >From: Loku Dam Gunaratna <email@example.com>
> >Subject: Software for evaluation sustainable systems
> >I am in search of software programs to evaluate the suatianbility of
> >agricultural systems. I understand sustainabilty is a broad term and
> >there are different ways to measure sustainbility. My major concern is
> >measurement of sustaianbilty in economic terms.If you folks are aware of
> >any such software to evaluate sustainability, please let me know the
> >details. Thanks!
> Nic Lampkin
> Welsh Institute of Rural Studies
> Stapledon Building, Penglais Campus
> University of Wales, Aberystwyth
> GB-Dyfed SY23 3DD.
> Tel: +44 (0)1970 622248
> Fax: +44 (0)1970 622238