Nowadays, sustainability is considered a key element in policy making and farm management. The agricultural sector has to make their current farm management more ecological sustainable (e.g. by taking abatement measures for N emissions) and more social sustainable without jeopardizing the economic liveability of farms. However, putting the theoretical concept of sustainability into practice often proves to be very difficult. MOTIFS – the Monitoring Tool for Integrated Farm Sustainability ‑ was designed to help farmers gain insight into the sustainability of their production. This instrument considers not only the economic aspects of sustainability, but ecological and social aspects as well. It was first developed for Flemish dairy farms. The first level of MOTIFS gives an overview of the farm’s integrated sustainability. Equal importance is attached to each of the three dimensions of sustainability (economic, ecological and social). Each dimension has three main themes that are weighted evenly (all segments have an equal width). Entrepreneurship is considered to be a separate main theme because of its importance for each sustainability dimension. It is possible to zoom in on each of the three sustainability dimensions in MOTIFS by means of economic, ecological and social sub-diagrams (level 2). Further focussing can then be done by diagrams representing the individual indicator scores for a specific theme (level 3). These indicators make the themes tangible and allow measuring, monitoring and steering farm gate sustainability. Through benchmarking the indicator values from 0 (not sustainable) to 100 (sustainable), the different components of a farm can be assessed, or the farm as a whole can be evaluated at a glance. MOTIFS has three ecological sustainability themes (level 2): (1) use of inputs, (2) quality of natural resources and (3) biodiversity.
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