CHARACTERISTICS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF PERI-URBAN VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN EUROPE

J.Y. Péron, E. Geoffriau
A comparative analysis of some western European cities with peri-urban vegetable production was realized in order to identify the characteristics of this vegetable production system (actors, products, agronomical practices, commercialization, land and agro-urban policies) and to evaluate the incidence of these characteristics on the sustainability of the peri-urban vegetable production development. The most part of the study has been conducted with the collaboration of the universities of Lisbon, Munich and Valencia, during an intensive Socrates program over 3 years (2001-2004): the "ceinture verte" of Paris, the "Huerta" of Valencia and the green belt of Lisbon. Three other French places have also been studied: Bordeaux, Lille, and Lyon. For a given city, the data were collected during a week in middle spring through visits of farms, companies, markets and meetings with vegetable chain officials and public authorities. Although different stages in the vegetable production development around the studied cities were noted, Paris, Valencia, and Lisbon presented common points due to their peri-urban situation such as the level of growing technicity or the land pressure. Nevertheless, they had some specificity about products, area concentration, and water management. Different strategies to insure the sustainable development of peri-urban vegetable production were developed.
Péron, J.Y. and Geoffriau, E. (2007). CHARACTERISTICS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF PERI-URBAN VEGETABLE PRODUCTION IN EUROPE. Acta Hortic. 762, 159-170
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2007.762.16
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2007.762.16
peri-urban horticulture, vegetable production system, systemic analysis, vegetable chain, horticulture education
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