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Sustainability 2014, 6(7), 4028-4041; doi:10.3390/su6074028

The Transition of Farmland Production Functions in Metropolitan Areas in China

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 11A Datun Road, Beijing 100101, China
Received: 16 March 2014 / Revised: 12 June 2014 / Accepted: 13 June 2014 / Published: 26 June 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Wildlife)
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Abstract

In metropolitan areas of China, farmland functions have undergone tremendous changes due to rapid urbanization and rising income per capita in the past three decades. This study examines tempo-spatial changes in the farmland functions, using a case study of the Beijing metropolitan area. The results indicate that: (1) during the past three decades, agricultural production experienced two transitions, in the years 1992 and 2003; (2) In terms of spatial differences, farmland functions of food production in Near Suburb significantly weakened. Middle Suburb produced the largest share of vegetables, while Far Suburb had the highest number of recreational farms. This case study may provide insights for large cities in China or other developing countries. View Full-Text
Keywords: farmland production function; transition; metropolitan area; Beijing farmland production function; transition; metropolitan area; Beijing
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