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Consumption of farmland between traditional interpretative paradigms and new spatial models

De Pin, Antonio (2013): Consumption of farmland between traditional interpretative paradigms and new spatial models.

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Abstract

In this paper, we will discuss how soil consumption in mature economies is increasingly affecting farmland with measurable effects on the loss of eco-systemic services of agriculture. Different sets of indicators interconnect multiple phenomena: this fact restates the centrality of rural areas through the concept of multifunctionality. Modifications are intense, which imply the damage of multiple relationships between artificial space and agricultural systems. The observed trends suggest a concentration model of farm structures. This allows the testing of the effectiveness of agricultural policies. The tendency of relevant indicators shows the intensification of the restructuring process.

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