What is Good Land Use? From Rights to Relationship
Peter D. Burdon
University of Adelaide - School of Law
Melbourne Univeristy Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 3, p. 708, 2010
U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2011-016
Industrial agriculture is the dominant method for feeding an increasingly urbanised world. However, a growing body of literature suggests that industrial practices are unsustainable and risk global food security. This article examines the legal-philosophical dimension of this literature and the vision of good land use promoted in both industrial and agrarian farming practices. It argues that industrial agriculture is premised on a concept of private property that promotes individual preference satisfaction, separates people from place and fragments landscape. In response, this article examines agrarian farming practices as a means of re-conceiving private property so that it is seen to embrace not only human good, but also ethics and the land itself. By re-conceiving private property as embracing these factors, private property may offer but one solution to the agricultural crisis.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: Private Property, Agriculture, Agrarian Farming, Bundle of Rights, Relationship, Nature, Environment
Date posted: October 9, 2011 ; Last revised: August 31, 2012
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