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WP2.2 Evaluation of current beef farming system

WP2.2 Evaluation of current beef farming system

The objective of SustainBeef is to identify production methods that reduce food competition in beef production systems while estimating their impacts on the overall sustainability of the farm through bioeconomic simulations. Many methods for assessing farm sustainability already exist, such as IDEA (Vilain, 2008), TREE (Pervanchon, 2004) or DIAMOND (Litt et al., 2012). However, these are not adapted to the data from the simulations and do not integrate indicators dealing with food security or more specifically with feed/food competition. Indeed, there is no consensus around this type of indicator, which is emerging in the literature and is not yet widely applied (Laisse et al., 2019; Wilkinson, 2011).

The objective is to establish a method for assessing the sustainability of European beef systems based on different criteria, including feed/food competition, and adapted to available data from bioeconomic simulations.

This assessment method  is presented in detail in Deliverable 2.2. Part of this assessment method was also applied to assess the contribution of the 16 European case studies to food security (see the article on this webpage and the preprint of the published scientific paper). It was also used as a starting point to developp sustainability metrics for the FarmDyn model in WP3.

 Multi-criteria Evaluation Method

Multi-criteria Evaluation Method

The purpose of the evaluation is to test the effectiveness of innovations in reducing feed/food competition while maintaining the sustainability of...
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Contribution 16 beef production systems to food security

Evaluation of the contribution of 16 European beef production systems to food security

The objectives of this paper are to propose an evaluation of the contribution to food security of different European cattle farms through three...
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