Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Evaluation of Technological, Economic and Social Indicators for Different Farming Practices in Lithuania
Issue: Vol. 10, No 4, 2017
Published date: 12-2017 (print) / 12-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Aistė Galnaitytė
Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics

Irena Kriščiukaitienė
Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics

Tomas Baležentis
Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics

Virginia Namiotko
Lithuanian Institute of Agrarian Economics
Keywords: integrated farming practices, Lithuania, multi-criteria analysis, organic farming practices
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-4/15
Index PUBMS: 92634c25-f90d-11e7-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 189-202 (14)
JEL classification: C44, Q15, Q18

Organic and integrated farming practices contribute to protecting biodiversity, reducing environmental pollution, improving soil quality, and providing high-quality raw material for food industry. The objective of the article is to establish the methodology and evaluate the system of indicators, which enables answering the question which farming practice has more advantages: organic or integrated? Multi-criteria analysis methods were used to achieve this objective. When being compared with between conventional and integrated farming practices, organic farming practice achieves higher profitability and greater energy efficiency. Organic farming reveals to be either superior, or similar to integrated farming practices in environmental terms. Potatoes, fruits and berries under both conventional and integrated farming practices have obtained the same rank (1–2) according to the selected criterions (yield, share of sold product, expenses on plant protection, production cost, price and labour input). Organic farming practice has shown worse rank. Organic farming practice has appeared to be the most suitable for vegetables.


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