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Nurturing Diversified Farming Systems in Industrialized Countries: How Public Policy Can Contribute

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dc.contributor.author Iles, Alastair
dc.contributor.author Marsh, Robin
dc.date.accessioned 2013-01-14T21:18:55Z
dc.date.available 2013-01-14T21:18:55Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8702
dc.description.abstract "If diversified farming systems (DFS) are to thrive again in the United States, policies and preferences must evolve to reward the environmental and social benefits of sustainable farming and landscape management. Compared with conventional agricultural policies, policies aiding ecological diversification are underdeveloped and fragmented. We consider several examples of obstacles to the adoption and spread of diversified farming practices in the U.S. industrialized agricultural system. These include the broader political economic context of industrialized agriculture, the erosion of farmer knowledge and capacity, and supply chain and marketing conditions that limit the ability of farmers to adopt sustainable practices. To overcome these obstacles and nurture DFS, policy makers, researchers, industry, farmers, consumers, and local communities can play pivotal roles to transform agricultural research, develop peer-to-peer learning processes, support the recruitment and retention of new farmers through access to credit and land, invest in improved agricultural conservation programs, provide compensation for provision of ecological services in working landscapes, and develop links to consumer and institutional markets." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject conservation en_US
dc.subject farm policy en_US
dc.subject public policy en_US
dc.title Nurturing Diversified Farming Systems in Industrialized Countries: How Public Policy Can Contribute en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.subject.sector Agriculture en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 17 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US

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