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Dr Alejandro Gallego Schmid analyses the implementation of circular economy approaches in the agricultural sector

6 May 2021

In the current context of resource scarcity, global climate change, environmental degradation, and increasing food demand, the circular economy (CE) represents a promising strategy for supporting sustainable, restorative, and regenerative agriculture.

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Published in the Journal of Resources, Conservation and Recycling, this new paper adjusts the general circular economy framework to the agricultural sector's specificities and analyses the scope of the indicators available for measuring agricultural production systems’ circularity performance in supporting decision-making processes. One major contribution of this paper is the definition of CE applied to agriculture. In addition, the principles of CE are adapted to the field, and CE strategies for agricultural activity are defined. Forty-one circularity indicators for application in agricultural systems were also comprehensively assessed to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

To facilitate CE implementation, internationally recognised standards and adequate units of measurement must be defined, to develop meaningful studies and determine agricultural activities’ circularity performance.

Read the full paper at the link below-

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