A range of UK farming systems will be described. A methodology will be developed, to describe their economic, environmental and social characteristics, from a life-cycle approach to capture inputs, products, outputs and impacts of the systems.
The specific objectives of the project are:
- Establish a project steering group.
- Review published and un-published work.
- Describe a range of farming systems.
- Identify the characteristics of those farming systems.
- Develop methods that can be used to assess and quantify the impact of farming systems at appropriate scales.
- Validate the method using case studies.
- Report on and discuss the results.
To advise on the productivity, economics and environmental impacts of organic and non-organic farming systems and on all aspects of organic and non-organic farming systems.
As part of this ORC is working on a concept of Total System Output as a functional indicator to complement land area, food produced and financial output.
Project leader and partners:
- The project will identify the characteristics (and supporting indicators) which describe the many diverse farming systems in the UK.
- An integrated environmental, economic and social assessment should inform policymakers of the impact that different farming system (and production outputs) have on society.
- The project should support Defra’s ambition to encourage an expansion of organic farming by revealing its value (and impact) in comparison to non-organic systems.
- A review of existing literature.
- Methodology for assessing the environmental, economic and social characteristics of farming systems.