How does Organic Agriculture Contribute to Sustainable Development? Organic Agriculture in Taiwan

Chia-Yi Liu, Chen-Yu Hsieh


Sustainability issues in agrifood chains are receiving increasing attention. However, few studies have demonstrated the dynamic interrelationships between economic, environmental, and social indicators. Regarding these indicators as components of sustainable development, through sensitivity simulations, we found that (1) organic farming techniques as key to environmental and economic improvement by indirect sales and (2) direct sales channels can strengthen environmental and social benefits. The findings suggest that developing diversified production and sales channels is essential for the sustainable development of organic agriculture to maintain economic, social, and environmental sustainability.


Economic, social, and environmental sustainability; system dynamics; simulation

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ISSN 1869-6945


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