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Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 638; doi:10.3390/su9040638

Peri-Urban Matters. Changing Olive Growing Patterns in Central Italy

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Department of Architecture, Roma Tre University of Rome, 00153 Rome, Italy
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Department of Architecture, G. D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, 65127 Pescara, Italy
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Academic Editor: Sanzidur Rahman
Received: 20 January 2017 / Revised: 11 April 2017 / Accepted: 14 April 2017 / Published: 18 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Agriculture and Development)
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For centuries, olive growing has played a major role in the central regions of Italy, with hectares of olive groves surrounding hill towns and hamlets as part of a strong deep-rooted farming tradition. With reference to Lazio and Abruzzo, this article makes use of historical documentation, geographical surveys and in-depth interviews with professionals and experts, in order to provide evidence of how olive growing, once of the mixed type, now with specialized cultivations, has somehow challenged the structural features of traditional landscapes. In some cases, this ancient farming tradition has been awarded the ‘Protected Designation of Origin Brand’ according to strict technical production policies. Besides intensive crops, today also practiced on flat ground, for some years now, olive trees have been cultivated by ‘hobby farmers’. This is frequent in fringe areas, threatened by urban sprawl, within small plots belonging to detached family homes conferring a sense of rural ‘revival’. Whether all these diverse settlement patterns are socially and economically sustainable is debatable. Definitely, such persistence in land use, which now and again can be read even as a material survival of certain tree specimens, allows for olive farming as an enduring cultural practice in the face of increasing urbanization. View Full-Text
Keywords: olive growing; peri-urban areas; rural areas; sustainability; central Italy; tradition/innovation; olive oil economies; landscape patterns olive growing; peri-urban areas; rural areas; sustainability; central Italy; tradition/innovation; olive oil economies; landscape patterns
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Palazzo, A.L.; Aristone, O. Peri-Urban Matters. Changing Olive Growing Patterns in Central Italy. Sustainability 2017, 9, 638.

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