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Chapter 69: Nature as Threat and Opportunity in the Peri-Urban Fringe

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Nature as Threat and Opportunity in the Peri-Urban Fringe
Nature as Threat and Opportunity in the Peri-Urban Fringe
Guy M Robinson
Introduction

Around 2010, the proportion of the world's population designated as urban surpassed the world's rural population for the first time; by 2050 at least two-thirds of the world's population will be urban. For the majority of these urban residents, especially those living in the Developed World, a common feature of their lives is that they are essentially divorced from the natural or semi-natural physical environment. Any interactions with nature are very restricted or are mediated through imagery and second-hand accounts. In particular, this ‘divorce’ has separated people from the production of food, with food typically purchased from supermarkets sourcing their goods worldwide. However, growing concerns ...

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