Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future

2017 Annual Meeting | Oct. 22-25 | Tampa, FL

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Division: ASA Section: Environmental Quality

Title: Symposium--Beyond Indicators and Tradeoffs: Translating Sustainable Intensification Assessments into Action

Organizer: Timothy J. Krupnik
Lead Community Sponsor: Sustainable Intensification Community
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Format: Oral Symposium
Keywords: Multi-criteria analysis, Sustainable Intensification, Synergies and Trade-offs

Session Description: Sustainable intensification is a complex concept. It is usually measured by comparing and contrasting a farming system’s performance among a number of productivity, environmental, and social sustainability indicators. These sometimes contrasting indicators are frequently integrated using ’spider’ or ‘radar’ charts to illustrate the trade-offs in farming systems, though many argue that new methods are urgently needed to move beyond trade-offs to provide actionable recommendations to improve farming systems sustainability. This symposium will highlight the advantages and disadvantages in these approaches, while highlighting methods and approaches translate sustainable intensification assessments into action.