Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Organic and Low-Input Conventional Farms from Eastern Poland with the RISE Indicator System

Berbeć, Adam Kleofas; Feledyn-Szewczyk, Beata; Thalmann, Christian; Wyss, Rebekka; Grenz, Jan; Kopiński, Jerzy; Stalenga, Jarosław; Radzikowski, Paweł (2018). Assessing the Sustainability Performance of Organic and Low-Input Conventional Farms from Eastern Poland with the RISE Indicator System Sustainability, 10(6), p. 1792. MDPI 10.3390/su10061792

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The aim of this study was to examine the sustainability performance of organic and low-input conventional farms with the sustainability assessment tool—RISE 3.0. It is an indicator-based method for holistic assessment of sustainability of agricultural production at farm level. Ten organic and 10 conventional farms from eastern Poland, Lublin province were assessed. According to the thresholds levels of the RISE method, organic farms performed positively for 7 out of 10 themes, while the values of the other 3 topics, biodiversity, working conditions, and economic viability, were at medium level. Conventional farms reached positive scores for 9 out of 10 themes. The only middle-performing theme was biodiversity. None of the two farm types had the lowest, problematic scores for examined themes. For the theme biodiversity and two indicators (greenhouse gas balance and intensity of agricultural production), significant differences between farming systems were found. Biodiversity performance, an important indicator of sustainability, estimated with the RISE system, was highly correlated with measured on-field weed flora and Orthoptera biodiversity of farms. High soil acidity and low crop productivity, improper weed regulation, and energy management were the most common problems in both types of farms. Working hours and wage and income levels were also assessed as being low. Recommendations to improve the sustainability of both organic and conventional farms are presented.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Resource-efficient agricultural production systems
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute

Name:

Berbeć, Adam Kleofas;
Feledyn-Szewczyk, Beata;
Thalmann, Christian;
Wyss, Rebekka;
Grenz, Jan;
Kopiński, Jerzy;
Stalenga, Jarosław and
Radzikowski, Paweł

Subjects:

S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)

ISSN:

2071-1050

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Simon Lutz

Date Deposited:

30 Oct 2019 11:05

Last Modified:

05 Oct 2020 14:18

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/su10061792

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.7916

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/7916

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