Agroscope, Institute for Plant Production Sciences IPS, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland

Life cycle assessment of wheat cropping

An environmental life cycle assessment of different wheat cropping systems (intensive United Kingdom, intensive, integrated and organic Switzerland) was established. The results reveal that wheat cropping systems with a reduced input use proved to be most favourable from an ecological point of view, provided that the yield reaches a certain level. the sensitivity of the examined cropping systems to factors which do not depend on the cropping methods indicates that the terms „intensive”, „integrated” and „organic” are only conditionally suitable to qualify the cropping systems from an ecological point of view.”

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