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Classification of agricultural systems based on pesticide use intensity and safety


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  • Hernandez-Rivera, Jose
  • Mann, Stefan


An analysis of socio-economic driving forces in crop protection is proposed to improve the implementation of sustainable strategies. The analysis includes: (1) a classification of agricultural systems based on pesticide use intensity and safety, (2) an evaluation of the profitability of farming systems and identification of socio-economic factors that influence pesticide use and (3) formulation of policy recommendations. We find that for cereals and for fruit trees alike, crop yields are much higher for agricultural systems with high doses of pesticides. The safety of applied pesticides does not affect crop protection costs significantly. For cropping systems characterised by low-intensity in pesticide use, the application of safer products has a positive effect on reduction of crop protection costs.

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Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 2008 International Congress, August 26-29, 2008, Ghent, Belgium with number 44246.

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Date of creation: 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ags:eaae08:44246

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Keywords: pesticide use; driving forces in crop protection; economic analysis of agricultural systems; Crop Production/Industries;

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  1. Skarzynska, Aldona, 2012. "Cropping intensity vs. profitability of selected plant production activities in Poland," Studies in Agricultural Economics, Research Institute for Agricultural Economics, vol. 114(1), April.
  2. Augustynska-Grzymek, Irena & Skarzyska, Aldona & Abramczuk, Lukasz, 2013. "The pluriactive development of agricultural holdings in Poland with regard to the living standards of their users," Studies in Agricultural Economics, Research Institute for Agricultural Economics, vol. 115(1), February.


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