Evaluation of sustainability of the farms in the Agricultural Park of South Milan and their production chain
New Medit, Vol 11, n. 4, suppl. (December 2012), pp. 53-56
To assess the sustainability of the agricultural sectors of three farming systems of the Agricultural Park of South Milan (horticultural, rice and livestock) the analysis was performed on agro-environmental and socio-economic aspects of 9 farms with different management systems: conventional, integrated and organic. The agro-environmental sustainability was measured through indicators of the soil, water, air and landscape-biodiversity. Socio-economic indicators was carried out by detecting economic indicators. The result shows that the analyzed farms are managed in a barely sustainable with regard to economic aspects, but have quite a negative impact on the environment. Only organic farms received positive values of environmental sustainability but reach the worst economic performance. The conventional and integrated farms have very negative values of environmental sustainability and better economic results of organic farms.
sustainability evaluation, agro-environmental indicators, socio-economic indicators, organic vs conventional agriculture, Agricultural Park of South Milan