Changes in agriculture and land use in Europe

R. Rabbinge, C.A. van Diepen

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Changes in land use and agriculture have occurred frequently during the last millennium in Europe. Now at the start of the millennium a review of how and why changes took place may lead to a better understanding of these developments. This insight based on scientific analysis and understanding may be combined with explorative studies to gain a view on future possibilities. Such an explorative study for Europe is described. It demonstrates that contraction of agricultural area in the coming decades is inevitable and in line with an historic development where periods of expansion and contraction of agricultural area were intermingled. The new millennium will start with a period of changes in land use to fulfill societal goals in an optimum way. The research agenda that helps to define optimal land use and agricultural methods is based on this analysis and helps to develop the policy agenda for the near future
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-99
JournalEuropean Journal of Agronomy
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • land use
  • land resources
  • yields
  • land capability
  • european union countries

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