Integrated farming systems: the third way for European agriculture?

Integrated farming systems: the third way for European agriculture? The potential contribution of integrated farming systems (IFS) to the development of a more sustainable agriculture has been largely ignored within social science and by policy analysts. The goals of IFS are to sustain agricultural production, maintain farm incomes, safeguard the environment and respond to consumer concerns about food quality issues. IFS can be conceptualised as a `third way’ or middle course for agriculture between conventional and organic farming. This paper describes the origins and basic principles of IFS and positions this distinctive approach to agriculture within the agri-environmental debate. It also explores some of the implications of pursuing this `third way’ for farmers and the institutional and policy frameworks. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Land Use Policy Elsevier

Integrated farming systems: the third way for European agriculture?

Land Use Policy, Volume 16 (4) – Oct 1, 1999

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd
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0264-8377
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10.1016/S0264-8377(99)00020-4
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Abstract

The potential contribution of integrated farming systems (IFS) to the development of a more sustainable agriculture has been largely ignored within social science and by policy analysts. The goals of IFS are to sustain agricultural production, maintain farm incomes, safeguard the environment and respond to consumer concerns about food quality issues. IFS can be conceptualised as a `third way’ or middle course for agriculture between conventional and organic farming. This paper describes the origins and basic principles of IFS and positions this distinctive approach to agriculture within the agri-environmental debate. It also explores some of the implications of pursuing this `third way’ for farmers and the institutional and policy frameworks.

Journal

Land Use PolicyElsevier

Published: Oct 1, 1999

References

  • The Third Way
    Giddens, A.
  • Food, environmentalism and rural sociology
    Tovey, H.
  • Factors influencing farmer participation in the Environmentally Sensitive Areas scheme
    Wilson, G.A.

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