Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes

Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes

by Richard K. Olson
     
 


Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes examines the patterns, causes, and consequences of current land use decisions in the United States, particularly the conversion of farmland to housing, roads, and other development. Changes in land use are the result of complex interactions among law, economics, landscape characteristics, socialSee more details below

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Under the Blade: The Conversion of Agricultural Landscapes examines the patterns, causes, and consequences of current land use decisions in the United States, particularly the conversion of farmland to housing, roads, and other development. Changes in land use are the result of complex interactions among law, economics, landscape characteristics, social and political forces, ethics, and aesthetics. By examining farmland loss from each of these perspectives, and then integrating the results into policy recommendations, Under the Blade makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate on the optimal use of a finite resource—land.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813335971
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
1.08(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Meet the Author


Richard K. Olson is a researcher with the Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, University of Nebraska at Lincoln. The editor of five other books addressing human impacts on envrionment, he is currently examining ways to relocalize agriculture and increase local food security. Thomas A. Lyson is a professor in the Department of Rural Sociology, Cornell University. He also serves as director of the Farming Alternatives Program at Cornell, and as editor of Rural Sociology.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
About the Contributors
Introduction1
Ch. 1Farmland Loss in America15
Ch. 2A Landscape Perspective on Farmland Conversion53
Ch. 3The Law of the Land97
Ch. 4The Economics of Farmland Conversion137
Ch. 5Preserving Community Agriculture in a Global Economy181
Ch. 6Ethics and Aesthetics in the Loss of Farmland217
Ch. 7A National Policy for Farmland Preservation247
Case Studies270
Index453

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