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Perspectives of Livestock Farmers in an Urbanized Environment

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  • Ángel Paniagua

    () (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas CSIC, C/Albasanz n. 26-28, 3D22, E-28037 Madrid, Spain)

Abstract

Agriculture and its conflicts is a traditional debate in contemporary rural geography, associated with the organization and transformation of cultural landscapes by social groups. One of the most important areas of research is the perspectives and responses of farmers on the urban-rural fringe. The problems associated with land use change and the varying influences on new uses of traditional landscape introduce renovating and permanent elements to the management, responses and perspectives of farmers: extensification, changes in the organization of farm, relocation, etc . The purpose of this research is to analyze the conflicts, key responses and perspectives over farmland uses and their coexistence with the main dynamics of local and regional land use governance in the metropolitan rural area of Madrid, Spain. This contribution presents the main results of an empirical research in a key area in the north of the Madrid region: the municipalities of Colmenar Viejo and Tres Cantos. The methodology is mainly qualitative, based on an ethno geographical approach concerning livestock farmers directly affected by the urbanization process. The main results reflect the relevance of local politics and the individual livestock farmers’ strategies.

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  • Ángel Paniagua, 2013. "Perspectives of Livestock Farmers in an Urbanized Environment," Land, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(1), pages 1-15, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jlands:v:3:y:2013:i:1:p:19-33:d:31563
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    1. Lewis Holloway, 2002. "Smallholding, hobby-farming, and commercial farming: ethical identities and the production of farming spaces," Environment and Planning A, Pion Ltd, London, vol. 34(11), pages 2055-2070, November.
    2. Audric Beauchesne, 1999. "Agriculture and Innovation in the Urban Fringe: The Case of Organic Farming in Quebec, Canada," Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, Royal Dutch Geographical Society KNAG, vol. 90(3), pages 320-328, August.
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    Keywords

    urban-rural fringe; rural geography; farmers; landscape change; Spain;

    JEL classification:

    • Q15 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Land Ownership and Tenure; Land Reform; Land Use; Irrigation; Agriculture and Environment
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
    • Q28 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Government Policy
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • R52 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Land Use and Other Regulations

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