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Opportunities and constraints of farming styles to meet the landscape preferences of rural inhabitants

Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future: New Visions for Rural Areas

Abstract

More and more people are living in the rural areas because they want to enjoy the countryside. Farmers play an important role in providing the qualities attached to the countryside. Rural residents of the Northern Friesian Woodlands (The Netherlands) were interviewed about their landscape preferences. They all like the landscape they live in with its small plots and hedgerows and see an overall progress in landscape quality. They dislike the large modern barns, maize cultivation and boring green grasslands. All types of farmers can provide some of the preferred qualities, but farmers belonging to the farming styles Calm farmer and Stayers perform the best in this respect. Farmers' cooperatives can play an important role in connecting the various landscape qualities of individual farmers on region level.

Author(s): Stobbelaar, DJ; Kuijper, F; Renting, H; Groot, JCJ; Ellema, A; Rossing, WAH

Journal: Changing European Farming Systems for a Better Future: New Visions for Rural Areas

Year: 2006

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