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McDonagh, J
2013
October
Progress In Human Geography
Rural geography I Changing expectations and contradictions in the rural
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agriculture rural policy sustainable communities small-scale farming rural geography COMMON AGRICULTURAL POLICY SMALL FARMS FUTURE SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTIONS COUNTRYSIDE DIRECTIONS ECONOMY EUROPE CAP
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Rural areas are increasingly thought of in terms of opportunity, as engines of growth in a world of economic uncertainty, they are being challenged in terms of their role in providing safe and secure food supplies, and they are being lauded and criticized in terms of climate change and mitigation. The multiple scales of these discussions, and the intensity and increased volume of rural debate that has emerged, see rural geographers occupy an interesting space in terms of conceptualizations, engagement and understanding of rural livelihoods and rural sustainability. Through the lens of agriculture and related spheres, the principal issues pertaining to agriculture as a sectoral activity and an instrument of rural and regional development, this report explores rural geographers' critique of agriculture and small-scale farming in sustainable rural futures and the changing expectations and contradictions that currently abound.
DOI 10.1177/0309132512474404
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