The potential of methods for assessing sustainability of farms

Rita Zapf, Ute Schultheiß, Helmut Döhler, Doluschitz
2009 unpublished
A new regulation on electricity from biomass took place in Germany in July 2009 and a new regulation on biofuels will follow. Therefore, sustainability as a main goal of agricultural enterprises becomes more and more important. According to the agenda 21, an agricultural enterprise has not only to maximize the profi t but it also has to balance ecological and social demands if it wants to be successful in the long run. The aim of this investigation was to compare and to evaluate the systems
more » ... , KSNL, and DLG certifi cation system for sustainable agriculture. The systems allow determining the sustainability of agriculture at the farm level. The potential and application of the systems and the strength and weakness are shown in this contribution. Keywords Sustainability, methods for assessing sustainability for farms, indicators, comparative evaluation of systems, RISE, KSNL, DLG certifi cation system for sustainable agriculture