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AGRILIFE- Agriculture and life sciences in the economy
SUSTAG - Sustainable Agriculture
Comparative Production Costs in different Farming Systems (Conventional vs. Input Saving Systems)


The overall objective is to analyze the economic profitability of different farming systems. More precisely, we compare conventional production with Integrated Pest Management solutions.


This research is realized in the framework of the FP7 PURE project (2012-2015)

Pesticide Use-and-risk Reduction in European farming systems with Integrated Pest Management.

The overall objective of PURE is to provide practical IPM solutions to reduce dependence on pesticides in selected major farming systems in Europe, thereby contributing to a reduction of the risks to human health and the environment and facilitating the implementation of the pesticides package legislation while ensuring continued food production of sufficient quality.

PURE will provide integrated pest management (IPM) solutions and a practical toolbox for their implementation in key European farming systems (annual arable and vegetable, perennial, and protected crops) in which reduction of pesticide use and better control of pests will have major effects.

Within this project, IPTS is in charge of the economic analysis. We would like to determine whether each alternative IPM solution tested in PURE is profitable (especially in comparison with conventional approaches). Risk assessments will also be conducted, using data of different trials and different years. An additional objective of the task is to determine the sensitivity of the profitability of IPM solutions in different market prices and input costs scenarios.




Stephen Langrell

Marianne Lefebvre

Joint Research Centre