The farming system component of European agricultural landscapes

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Agricultural landscapes are the outcome of combined natural and human factors over time. This paper explores the scope of perceiving the agricultural landscapes of the European Union (EU) as distinct patterns of farming systems and landscape elements in homogeneous biophysical and administrative endowments. The focus is on the farming systems component of the agricultural landscapes by applying a typology to the sample farms of the Farm Accountancy Data Network and scaling up the results to the landscape level for the territory of the EU. The farming system approach emphasises that agricultural landscapes evolve from the praxis of the farmers and takes into account the scale, intensity and specialisation of the agricultural production. From farming system design point of view, the approach can be used to integrate the landscape in the design process. From a policy point of view, the approach offers handles to implement policies that design agricultural landscapes by targeting the farming system pattern.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Agronomy
Issue numberPart B
Pages (from-to)282-291
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Agricultural landscapes, Agronomy, European union, Farming system design, Landscape ecology

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