About this Research Topic
Land use planning provides a framework to address these issues. Municipalities make decisions related to land use and senior levels of government establish policy and legislation with the goal of addressing the public interest. An agricultural lens can be brought to land use planning with a goal of achieving enhanced outcomes – protecting farmland, farmers, and their livelihoods while at the same time protecting soil, water, air, and natural heritage resources towards a more sustainable form of agriculture.
The overall goal of this Research Topic is to encourage discussion and debate that will help to enhance food security, agricultural sustainability, and farmer livelihoods through the land use planning process. Related to this: how can issues connected to agriculture such as climate change, soil degradation, water quality, natural heritage, biodiversity, on-farm diversification, and urbanization be better integrated into land-use planning? Connected to this we encourage the submission of papers that look at how land use planning and planning for agriculture integrate and affect food security concerns.
We encourage papers that discuss planning policies that help to enhance land use and conservation practices to ensure sustainable agriculture. This includes papers that:
- consider how impacts related to agriculture (such as climate change, soil degradation, water quality, natural heritage, biodiversity and urbanization) can be better addressed and integrated in land use planning.
- look at how land use planning and planning for agriculture integrate and affect food security
- discuss the role of planning in land use and land systems as they relate to food security, and livelihoods.
Cross-national comparisons or case studies are welcome. We are also looking for the submission of perspectives from different countries including rural and urban perspectives on the issue.
This Research Topic has been developed in collaboration with
Kaela Anderson of the University of Guelph.
Keywords: agri-food systems, food security, land use planning, farmland preservation, conservation, agriculture, climate change
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