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SYNERGY: A regional bio-economic model analyzing farm-to-farm exchanges and legume production to enhance agricultural sustainability


  • Jouan, Julia
  • Ridier, Aude
  • Carof, Matthieu


Agricultural specialization has disconnected crop and livestock production in many farms and regions. As a result, crop farms are deficient in nitrogen to fertilize their crops, while livestock farms are deficient in proteins to feed their animals. The increased consumption of nitrogen rich input raised economics and environmental questions. In this study, we tested two mechanisms to reconnect crop and livestock production: increasing legume production and developing farm-to-farm exchanges of crops and manure. To do so, we developed the SYNERGY bio-economic model, which represents specialized farm types in a region and models exchanges between them. Applied to western France, it analyzes economic, technical and environmental impacts.

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  • Jouan, Julia & Ridier, Aude & Carof, Matthieu, 2020. "SYNERGY: A regional bio-economic model analyzing farm-to-farm exchanges and legume production to enhance agricultural sustainability," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 175(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolec:v:175:y:2020:i:c:s0921800919316246
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2020.106688

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