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Sustainability Indicators in Practice by Dorice Agol, Agnieszka Latawiec

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10 Sustainability Indicators For Agriculture In The European Union

Jolanta B Królczyk and Agnieszka E Latawiec

10.1 Introduction

10.1.1 Need For Monitoring Of Agriculture Worldwide

Commodities produced in agricultural systems are paramount for the existence of humans. Agriculture is also characterized by multifunctionality, on account of its variety of functions. Multifunctionality of farming can be distinguished into three dimensions including the supply of agricultural commodities, features of rural areas (e.g. landscape management practices, biodiversity values) and management and use of resources (e.g. land, water, capital) (Knickel et al., 2004). Taking into account the demand side, functions of agriculture can be categorized into environmental, ...

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