Priorities for Advancing the Concept of New Ruralism

Sustainability 2016(8): 269, 2016

By: Galen Newman, Jesse Saginor, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland

Farmland Protection 

This article from the journal Sustainability expands on the concept of “New Ruralism,” a development framework that links farmland preservation with residential development to reduce farmland conversion and create planned agrarian-based rural suburbs that counteract sprawl. The article discusses the current condition of farmland loss and reviews issues and challenges associated with farmland preservation with existing New Ruralism developments. It ends by presenting a more comprehensive definition for New Ruralism, accompanied by recommendations for increasing farmland preservation opportunities in New Ruralism-based developments to maximize the economic, environmental, and cultural viability of such farmland preserves.