Evolution of livestock farming systems and landscape changes

  • Maurizio Ramanzin | office@pagepress.org
  • Luca M. Battaglini
  • Luciano Morbidini
  • Mariano Pauselli
  • Giuseppe Pulina

Abstract

In the last fifty years, the rural landscape of vast areas, historically modelled by livestock farming, has experienced radical changes. The marginalisation of traditional farming systems resulted in a shift towards intensive systems in the more favourable areas, and in the abandoning of farming in the less favourable areas. Consequences of these trends are numerous: intensification and abandoning concurred in determining the disappearance of traditional architectural styles and in disrupting the historical links between local landscape, way of farming, and variety of products; intensification of farming caused local excesses of nutrients releases and/or land degradation; abandoning has permitted an extensive natural reforestation, which in turn has greatly modified the aesthetic value and biodiversity richness of landscape. Research for a sustainable “livestock farming landscape” will need the ability to integrate a systemic and geographic description of the interactions of farming systems with landscape quality and biodiversity with the definition of consequent technologies and farm management options.

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Published
2009-10-05
Section
Original Articles
Keywords:
rural landscape, livestock landscape, livestock farming systems, sustainability.
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Ramanzin, M., Battaglini, L., Morbidini, L., Pauselli, M., & Pulina, G. (2009). Evolution of livestock farming systems and landscape changes. Italian Journal of Agronomy, 4(3s), 19-24. https://doi.org/10.4081/ija.2009.s3.19