Title: Introduction: Features of environmental sustainability in agriculture: some conceptual and operational issues

Authors: Tommy Dalgaard, Sylvie Ferrari, Mbolatiana Rambonilaza

Addresses: Department of Agroecology, Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 50, DK-8830 Tjele, Denmark. ' University Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV, Grape UMR CNRS 5113, Avenue Léon Duguit, 33608 Pessac cedex, France. ' Cemagref – Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Research, 50 Avenue de Verdun, 33612 Cestas cedex, France

Abstract: This introductory paper aims to address the features of environmental sustainability in agriculture. Recent developments of the concept, which are discussed here, emphasise its multi-faceted nature and lead to various definitions as well as to different implications for policy measures in society. On the basis of all the papers presented in this Special Issue, we draw some perspectives for future research on the topic.

Keywords: environmental sustainability; sustainable agriculture; sustainability assessment; agroecology; multi-functionality; sustainable development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2006.009177

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 2006 Vol.5 No.2/3, pp.107 - 115

Published online: 07 Mar 2006 *

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