Ecological footprint in the organic farming system
L. Lustigová, P. Kuškováhttps://doi.org/10.17221/5057-AGRICECONCitation:Lustigová L., Kušková P. (2006): Ecological footprint in the organic farming system . Agric. Econ. – Czech, 52: 503-509.
This text aims to introduce the results of the ecological footprint (EF) calculations in the system of organic agriculture (OA). The EF is an alternative indicator of the human activity impact on the environment. It is not calculated in monetary units but in hectares as an area needed for resourcing certain production or activity. OA is an agricultural system which respects natural cycles in ecosystems. It is based on old traditions and nowadays, with regard to environmental degradation, comes again forward. The text contains as well the results of some other researches studying mainly energy consumption in agriculture, which is further converted into the EF. The results, however, need to be compared very carefully, since the procedures of calculations as well as the organic farming rules in various countries or particular farms conditions and quality of input data of the mentioned studies may significantly differ. The authors cite them mainly because of illustrative reasons.Keywords:
ecological footprint (EF), organic agriculture (OA), ecologically (biologically) productive area, energy consumption