Neglected dimensions of global land-use change: Reflections and data

Heilig GK (1994). Neglected dimensions of global land-use change: Reflections and data. Population and Development Review 20 (4): 831-859.

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Abstract

The author questions the conventional approach to studying global land-use changes, which is focused on agriculture-related alterations driven by population growth. He argues the need to abandon the oversimplified model of a linear relationship between population growth, increase in food demand, and agricultural expansion and intensification, leading to deforestation and land-cover modification. There are numerous other types of land-cover modification, such as those caused by shifts in lifestyles and food preferences, man-made catastrophes, wars, urban infrastructure expansion, changes in industrial production, fossil resource exploration, and modes of transportation. The author presents FAO data which indicate that a significant proportion of arable land worldwide is cultivated for lifestyle-related products, such as stimulants, sugar, and tobacco. A review of historical trends also shows that changes in land-use patterns were frequently linked to changes in lifestyles.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: World Population (POP)
Bibliographic Reference: Population and Development Review; 20(4):831-859 (December 1994)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:03
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 16:56
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/3857

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