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Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

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Chapter 70: Introduction to Part Fourteen: Rural Natures and their Co-Production

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Introduction to Part Fourteen: Rural Natures and their Co-Production
Introduction to Part Fourteen: Rural Natures and their Co-Production
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

Rural natures are the starting point as well as the outcome of rural activities. Agriculture is one of the major rural activities (although its significance varies strongly from one region to the other), but it is definitely far from being the only one. Rural activities build on rural natures and they reproduce them (for better or worse). Rural natures delineate rural spaces in as far as they embrace a specific ecosystem, a distinctive landscape, the biodiversity rooted in it and the natural resources used for the rural activities located in these spaces. These resources include soils, soil biology, water, animals, seeds, crops, woods, ...

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