Food Deprival Footprint and Nitrogen-Related Carbon Intensity: Two Sustainability Indicators for Dedicated Energy Crops

E. Ceotto & M. Di Candilo
Environmental indicators are synthetic variables, specifically conceived for aggregating relevant information about agroecosystems. The assessment of sustainability for bioenergy cropping systems might be improved by specific indicators, because the diffusion of these systems raised novel scientific points, notably: i) the demand of biofuels compete for cropland against the demand for food production and nature conservation; ii) the intensive agricultural management, needed to sustain productivity of bioenergy crops, might negate the greenhouse gases benefits of replacing...