Approaching environmental sustainability of agriculture: environmental burden, eco-efficiency or eco-effectiveness

https://doi.org/10.17221/290/2018-AGRICECONCitation:Czyżewski B., Matuszczak A., Muntean A. (2019): Approaching environmental sustainability of agriculture: environmental burden, eco-efficiency or eco-effectiveness. Agric. Econ. – Czech, 65: 299-306.
download PDF

The main goal of the article is to compare three approaches to measuring environmental sustainability in agriculture: i) the environmental burden index; ii) the sustainable value of eco-efficient production; and iii) the sustainable value of the eco-effective farm, applied to the sample of 130 EUFADN (European Union Farm Accountancy Data Network) regions in 2015. The study indicates a fundamental problem: the notion of environmental sustainability in agriculture differs depending on the criterion we apply. We recognized a principle trade-off in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which consists of compensating for the strain on the natural environment with production or with public goods provision. Studies on these two effects seem to be crucial to draw a consistent development path for the CAP. Our major finding is that public goods-oriented farming is more likely to expand after improving eco-efficiency. This is still a challenge because in European regions, eco-efficient has not meant environmentally sustainable yet.

References:
Berre D., Vayssières J., Boussemart J.-P., Leleu H., Tillard E., Lecomte P. (2015): A methodology to explore the determinants of eco-efficiency by combining an agronomic whole-farm simulation model and efficient frontier. Environmental Modelling & Software, 71: 46–59.
 
Bonfiglio Andrea, Arzeni Andrea, Bodini Antonella (2017): Assessing eco-efficiency of arable farms in rural areas. Agricultural Systems, 151, 114-125. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2016.11.008
 
Burja C., Burja V. (2016): The economic farm size and sustainable value. Disparities between Romania and the EU states. Annals of the Constantin Brâncuşi University of Târgu Jiu, Economy Series, 2016: 50–57.
 
Chung-Hsing Yeh D.H., Willis R.J. (2000): Inter-company comparison using modified TOPSIS with objective weights. Computers & Operations Research, 27: 963–973.
 
Coelli Tim J., Rao D. S. Prasada (2005): Total factor productivity growth in agriculture: a Malmquist index analysis of 93 countries, 1980–2000. Agricultural Economics, 32, 115-134. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.0169-5150.2004.00018.x
 
Czyżewski B., Matuszczak A., Muntean A. (2018): Influence of agricultural policy on the environmental sustainability of European farming. Journal of Environmental Protection and Ecology, 19: 426–434.
 
Czyżewski Bazyli, Przekota Grzegorz, Poczta-Wajda Agnieszka (2017): The incidence of agricultural policy on the land market in Poland: Two-dimensional and multilevel analysis. Land Use Policy, 63, 174-185. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.01.016
 
Diakoulaki D., Mavrotas G., Papayannakis L. (1995): Determining objective weights in multiple criteria problems: The critic method. Computers & Operations Research, 22: 763–770.
 
EUFADN (2018): European Union Farm Accountancy Data Network. Available at http://ec.europa.eu/agriculture/rica/ (accessed April 5, 2018).
 
EUFADN Poland (2017): European FADN organization, Poland. Available at http://fadn.pl
 
Figge Frank, Hahn Tobias (2005): The Cost of Sustainability Capital and the Creation of Sustainable Value by Companies. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 9, 47-58. https://doi.org/10.1162/108819805775247936
 
Gadanakis Yiorgos, Bennett Richard, Park Julian, Areal Francisco Jose (2015): Evaluating the Sustainable Intensification of arable farms. Journal of Environmental Management, 150, 288-298. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.10.005
 
Gómez-Limón José A., Picazo-Tadeo Andrés J., Reig-Martínez Ernest (2012): Eco-efficiency assessment of olive farms in Andalusia. Land Use Policy, 29, 395-406. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.08.004
 
Hayati D., Karami E. (1996): A proposed scale to measure sustainability at the farm level in socio-economic studies. In: Proceedings First Agricultural Economic Conference of Iran, Zabol, Iran, April 5–7, 1996.
 
Illge L., Hahn T., Figge F. (2008): Applying and extending the sustainable value method to agriculture – an overview. In: Proceedings 12th Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists – EAAE 2008, EAAE, Ghent, Belgium.
 
Leiserowitz Anthony A., Kates Robert W., Parris Thomas M. (2005): Do Global Attitudes and Behaviors Support Sustainable Development?. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 47, 22-38. https://doi.org/10.3200/ENVT.47.9.22-38
 
Kuosmanen Timo, Kortelainen Mika (2005): Measuring Eco-efficiency of Production with Data Envelopment Analysis. Journal of Industrial Ecology, 9, 59-72. https://doi.org/10.1162/108819805775247846
 
Latruffe Laure, Diazabakana Ambre, Bockstaller Christian, Desjeux Yann, Finn John, Kelly Edel, Ryan Mary, Uthes Sandra (2016): Measurement of sustainability in agriculture: a review of indicators. Studies in Agricultural Economics, 118, 123-130. https://doi.org/10.7896/j.1624
 
Olper Alessandro (2001): Determinants of Agricultural Protection: The Role of Democracy and Institutional Setting Alessandro Olper. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 52, 75-92. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-9552.2001.tb00926.x
 
Pérez Urdiales María, Lansink Alfons Oude, Wall Alan (2016): Eco-efficiency Among Dairy Farmers: The Importance of Socio-economic Characteristics and Farmer Attitudes. Environmental and Resource Economics, 64, 559-574. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-015-9885-1
 
Picazo-Tadeo Andrés J., Gómez-Limón José A., Reig-Martínez Ernest (2011): Assessing farming eco-efficiency: A Data Envelopment Analysis approach. Journal of Environmental Management, 92, 1154-1164. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2010.11.025
 
Picazo-Tadeo Andrés J., Beltrán-Esteve Mercedes, Gómez-Limón José A. (2012): Assessing eco-efficiency with directional distance functions. European Journal of Operational Research, 220, 798-809. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2012.02.025
 
Poczta-Wajda A., Poczta J. (2016): The role of natural conditions in qualified agritourism – case of Poland. Agricultural Economics (Zemědělská ekonomika), 62, 167-180. https://doi.org/10.17221/97/2015-AGRICECON
 
Reytar K., Hanson C., Henninger N. (2014): Indicators of Sustainable Agriculture: a Scoping Analysis. Working Paper, Installment 6 of Creating a Sustainable Food Future. World Resources Institute, Washington, DC. Available at http://www.worldresourcesreport.org (accessed April, 2014).
 
Saltiel John, Bauder James W., Palakovich Sandy (1994): Adoption of Sustainable Agricultural Practices: Diffusion, Farm Structure, and Profitability1. Rural Sociology, 59, 333-349. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1549-0831.1994.tb00536.x
 
Schaltegger S., Sturm A. (1990): Ökologische Rationalität. Ansatzpunkte zur Ausgestaltung von ökologieorientierten Managementinstrumenten. Die Unternehmung, 44: 273–290.
 
Schaltegger S. (1996): Corporate Environmental Accounting. Wiley.
 
Stoate C., Báldi A., Beja P., Boatman N.D., Herzon I., van Doorn A., de Snoo G.R., Rakosy L., Ramwell C. (2009): Ecological impacts of early 21st century agricultural change in Europe – A review. Journal of Environmental Management, 91, 22-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2009.07.005
 
WBCSD (2000): World Business Council for Sustainable Development Eco-Efficiency Facilities: Available Internet: Creating More Value with Less Impact. WBCSD.
 
Van Passel Steven, Nevens Frank, Mathijs Erik, Van Huylenbroeck Guido (2007): Measuring farm sustainability and explaining differences in sustainable efficiency. Ecological Economics, 62, 149-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2006.06.008
 
download PDF

© 2019 Czech Academy of Agricultural Sciences