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Chapter 72: The Contested Nature of the Farmed Landscape

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The Contested Nature of the Farmed Landscape
The Contested Nature of the Farmed Landscape
Jørgen Primdahl
Introduction

Agricultural landscapes, i.e. areas where agriculture constitutes a significant share of the land use, are widespread throughout the world. The natural foundations for agricultural production – soil, water, climate, and biodiversity – are fundamental components of any agricultural landscape, but much more needs to be considered if the landscape is to be fully described and understood. Moreover, the very concept of landscape is contested and has a number of different meanings which reflect various interests in the landscape, including academic. Although the notion that landscape represents a spatial complex entity is a common feature of the different meanings, there is clear discord among landscape scholars regarding the nature of landscape ...

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