Renewing the Governance of Rural Land after Brexit: an Ecosystems Policy Approach
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Hodge, I. (2019). Renewing the Governance of Rural Land after Brexit: an Ecosystems Policy Approach. EuroChoices, 18 (2), 4-10. https://doi.org/10.1111/1746-692X.12233
Over the past 40 years we have witnessed a major shift in our concerns for the use of rural land. The postwar priority for domestic food production has been replaced by a new perspective that recognises a wider range of values, particularly for landscapes, biodiversity, water and climate. The multifunctionality model sets agricultural commodity production alongside non-commodity public goods (OECD, 2001). This views agriculture as the provider of environmental benefits in joint production with agricultural products. But it sits uncomfortably alongside the mounting evidence of the environmental damage caused by agricultural activities, some of which undermines the productive capacity of the farming industry itself. The recent assessment by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) confirms that current agricultural practices, encouraged by agricultural policies, are not sustainable. We are experiencing land degradation, loss of biodiversity and ecosystem functions and loss of local plant varieties and breeds of livestock (IPBES, 2019).
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External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1746-692X.12233
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