is a broad term that can be applied to almost any aspect of life, at
any scale, and such it is used to mean different things in different
situations. Nevertheless, the generally held ‘official’ definition is
that “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of
the present without compromising the ability of future generations to
meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission of the United Nations). It
is now clear that as a species we are living unsustainably, and that
changing this will require significant changes in our approach to life.
for agricultural sustainability is well recognised in the UK’s
agricultural industry and is now accepted by most farmers although the
means for delivering such a goal are still largely unclear. This is,
in-part, due to the lack of sound data describing just how far away
that goal is. Whilst we have fairly reliable data on the farm economics
of crop production, its environmental impact considering the production
cycle overall is less well defined. It is only now with the development
of risk assessment techniques and sophisticated models mapping
environmental fate that we have the skills to address this problem.
Bringing economic appraisal together with environmental impact
assessment will allow more informed judgements to be made on any
possible socio-economic impacts and so lead to a better assessment of
the sustainability of UK food production.
core expertise in sustainability assessments and studies, have been at
the centre of the unit’s work for more than a decade, and we are at the
forefront of applying sustainability concepts to the agri-environment
sector. The following sections give a number of examples of our work,
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