farm enterprise; production branch; environmental performance; life cycle assessment (LCA) ; farm enterprise, production branch, product group; economic performance; Farm Accountancy Data Network (FADN)
Pedolin Dario, Six Johan, Nemecek Thomas (2021), Assessing between and within Product Group Variance of Environmental Efficiency of Swiss Agriculture Using Life Cycle Assessment and Data Envelopment Analysis, in Agronomy
, 11(9), 1862-1862.
Stucki Matthias, Jattke Marleen, Berr Marcus, Desing Harald, Green Ashley, Hellweg Stefanie, Laurenti Rafael, Meglin Ronny, Muir Karen, Pedolin Dario, Shinde Rhythima, Welz Tobias, Keller Regula Lisa (2021), How life cycle–based science and practice support the transition towards a sustainable economy, in The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
, 26(5), 1062-1069.
Given that Swiss farms are typically comprised of several enterprises (e.g. wheat or dairy cows), data at enterprise level are highly relevant because important farm management decisions such as the level of production intensity are taken at enterprise level. Based on a sample of totally 274 farm observations from the Swiss Farm Accountancy Data Network, which also includes farm life cycle assessments, the project derives economic and environmental data at the farm enterprise or product group level, representing the first assessment of this kind in Switzerland. The project will analyse whether there are synergies or trade-offs between the economic and environmental performances of all 14 available product groups. Furthermore, the determinants of both performances will be analysed. Finally, we will calculate the potential resource savings if low-performing enterprises were to catch up with the best-performing ones. In collaboration with Arenenberg (the centre for extension services of the canton of Thurgau) and the Swiss Farmers’ Union, tangible suggestions for dairy farm management will be outlined in a workshop in order to optimise adaptation. Given the importance of agriculture in the food value chain, the project’s results will contribute to a more sustainable food production in Switzerland.