Acta Univ. Agric. Silvic. Mendelianae Brun. 2004, 52, 103-112
Published online 2015-07-18

Sustainability analysis of agricultural systems

Ladislav Hanuš

Ústav krajinné ekologie, Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, Zemědělská 1, 613 00, Česká republika

The main aim of this research is to propose an evaluation method as a tool for measurement of sustainable development in agriculture. The research has three parts: 1) indication, 2) evaluation and 3) application. Three aggregate and a group of partial indicators were selected for ecological, economic and social dimension of agricultural system. As the aggregate indicators were proposed: Material and Energy Costs, Operating Income and Personal Costs. Two evaluation methods for calculation of relative sustainability for group of farms were proposed: The Method of Comparison of Indicator Values and The Method of Comparison of Weighted Interval Sustainability. Each method was tested in static and dynamic variant with using of financial data of 30 farms in the CR. Proposed Index of Weighted Interval Sustainability is applicable in farm management and in agricultural policy with aim to redistribute subsidies.


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