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Sustainable development and the analysis of rural systems

Authors
Journal
Journal of Rural Studies
0743-0167
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
5
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0743-0167(89)90066-1
Disciplines
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Geography

Abstract

Abstract The theme of sustainable development is proposed as an integrating framework for focusing theoretical and applied research in rural systems. It also serves as a base for public policy involving economic development and environ- mental maintenance. This paper presents a history of the theme of environmentally sustainable development and provides evidence of its continued theoretical and practical significance. The analysis of sustainability of rural systems is illustrated for agri-food systems from the perspectives of stewardship, food sufficiency and community. There is a need for development of analytical tools capable of considering these three components simultaneously.

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