29 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2011 Last revised: 31 Aug 2012
Date Written: 2010
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.
Keywords: Private Property, Agriculture, Agrarian Farming, Bundle of Rights, Relationship, Nature, Environment
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Burdon, Peter D., What is Good Land Use? From Rights to Relationship (2010). Melbourne Univeristy Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 3, p. 708, 2010; U. of Adelaide Law Research Paper No. 2011-016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1941146