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Ecological economics and organic farming
Mälardalen University, School of Sustainable Development of Society and Technology. (Sustainability economics)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2689-819X
2006 (English)In: Global Developments and Organic Agriculture: Challenges and Prospects, Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing , 2006, p. 113-133Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Ecological economics (EE) is proposed as an approach to decision-making and planning in organic farming. It is argued that EE is better suited for this task than the conventional neoclassical economics approach. The contribution that EE can make to the organic farming movement is apparent on the ontological level, through its focus on socio-economic systems as nested subsystems of the ecosystem. In addition EE´s stance on the issue of allocation, distribution and scale seems to constitute a more appropriate conceptualization about the interaction between socio-economic systems and the environment, which is more closely aligned to the principle aims of the organic farming movement. The concepts of time and scale are used as examples of how EE, with input from political economics, can help highlight problematic issues regarding the interaction between farming systems and their biophysical environment, which are not addressed in the neoclassical approach. Material flow Accounting and Analysis (MFA) and Multicriteria Analysis (MCA) are discussed as practical examples of the framework that EE can provide for decision-making.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wallingford, UK: CABI Publishing , 2006. p. 113-133
Keywords [en]
ecological economics, organic farming, neoclassical economics, systems theory
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Business Administration
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Industrial Economics and Organisations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4844ISBN: 1845930789 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4844DiVA, id: diva2:158416
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Sustainability economics: Reconsidering economics for sustainable development
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Detta är kapitel i en bok som redigerats av N.Halberg et al. Mitt namn står som nummer 4 bland författarna

Available from: 2009-02-02 Created: 2009-02-02 Last updated: 2015-07-10Bibliographically approved

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