Case study: agricultural plenty — more or less farming for the environment?

  • B. H. Green


Until recently farmers were widely regarded as the ‘custodians of the countryside’ and most still see themselves in this way. This role has been generally taken to include the handing of the land to their successors in ‘good heart’ (i.e. fertility), and the maintenance of the amenities of the countryside, including its richness in wildlife and scenic beauty. In other parts of Europe, notably in France, small peasant farmers are additionally seen as part of the ‘patrimoine’ and there are powerful forces for the preservation of this way of life. Similar feelings are strong in parts of the UK, where, for example, the Welsh and Scottish languages and cultures are now mainly rooted in remote hill farming communities.


Common Agricultural Policy Scenic Beauty Great Bustard Farm Structure Neolithic Revolution 
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