Integrating settlements with its supporting agriculture

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Summary: The present situation of possible oil depletion forces us to find ways to avoid dependency of fossil fuels in order to attain sustainability. Such methods can be:

Ruralisation should not be confused with urban sprawl, which is almost the contrary. With a different settlement structure, also a lot of lifestyle changes would be expected. Here is a list with a comparison of 'Urban' an extreme urban dweller with 'Rurik', his opposite that is thought living in a ruralised settlement.

Thus, there is not only a spatial dimension of settlements in a sustainability perspective, but also a lifestyle dimension. The change into sustainability could be described as a change in these dimensions. Please look at the pictures below

Articles about this:

2000b.Vulnerability in agriculture: Energy use, Structure and Energy Futures
Paper presented at the INES conference, KTH, Stockholm, June 15, 2000

Fossil Energy and Food Security. Article for Energy and Environment Vol 12:4 p.253-275.

2001c. Making Western Agriculture more Sustainable. In: Douthwaite, R. Jopling, J. :FEASTA review, 1, pp. 130 - 146

Ruralisation - Integrating Settlements and Agriculture to Provide Sustainability.
Proceedings from the NJF-seminar No. 327 Urban Areas - Rural Areas and Recycling - The organic way forward? Copenhagen, Denmark 20-21 August 2001.Darcof Report no. 3, Copenhagen August 2001

Turning problems into advantages: Sustainability through local self-sufficiency. Paper presented at the FEASTA/Tiperrary Institute conference: Irland's Transition to Renewable Energy, Tiperrary, Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2002

Ruralisation: A possible way to alleviate our current vulnerability problems. With a comparison of the effects of oil depletion in Cuba and North Korea. Article for IV Biennial Workshop Advances in Energy Studies: Ecology - Energy issues in Latin America. Unicamp, Campinas, SP, Brazil. June 15-19, 2004.

In Swedish:

Günther, J., 1995. Det Gamla Genarp — Åren 1800—2050. Lärobok i Regionskunskap. 
Examensarbete i kulturgeografi, Lunds Universitet



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