Phenology of the Landscape: The Role of Organic Agriculture

D.J. Stobbelaar, C.J.M. Hendriks, A.H.F. Stortelder

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Abstract

It is becoming increasingly clear that the agricultural sector will have to find an additional raison d'être beyond the production of food alone. One of the new services that agriculture can provide is contributing to the environmental quality of rural areas. In this respect a great burden of expectation is placed on organic farming. Here we examine how organic farming can contribute to the quality of specific regional landscapes. We do this with the help of a new instrument, the phenology of the landscape, which measures the contributions made by organic and conventional farming to the succession of colours and shapes during the seasons. This seasonal development plays an important role in people's appreciation of the landscape. The study shows that seasonal development is more recognizable on organic farms than on conventional farms, and that seasonal development is a scientifically-usable criterion for evaluating the environmental quality of farms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-179
JournalLandscape Research
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Keywords

  • physiographic features
  • organic farming
  • netherlands
  • phenomenology

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    Stobbelaar, D. J., Hendriks, C. J. M., & Stortelder, A. H. F. (2004). Phenology of the Landscape: The Role of Organic Agriculture. Landscape Research, 29(2), 153-179. https://doi.org/10.1080/01426390410001690374