"INDUSTRIALIZED AGRICULTURE" ON MINI-PLOTS WITHIN CITIES / CONURBATIONS

S. Thomas
The fundamental changes of pre-industrial agriculture into “industrialized agricultural practices” on mini-plots within cities will be discussed, especially for vineyards on slopes / terraces. The areas under consideration are the west and south exposed right-hand river-side slopes of the Elbe river valley within the conurbation “Upper Elbe” between Pillnitz south of Dresden and Seußlitz north of Meißen (50 km), Saxony, Germany.
The historic vineyards under manual management with vines parallel to the contour lines (protecting against erosion) and rich ground cover vegetation species are the romantic ideals of fabulous vineyards for the tourism industry (landscape/townscape aesthetics; recreational functions).
But the modern “industrialized viticulture” on mini-plots cause environ¬mental risks against nature conservation: reduced diversity of land form and biosphere (extreme species-poor ground vegetation); soil wind erosion on bare ground; high water erosion potential after precipitation; sphere of influence / air pollution: emission of soil particles, and motorized far-reaching spread of pesticides in the immediate vicinity of living houses, drifting into neighboring residential areas.
Thomas, S. (2010). "INDUSTRIALIZED AGRICULTURE" ON MINI-PLOTS WITHIN CITIES / CONURBATIONS. Acta Hortic. 881, 73-78
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2010.881.5
https://doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2010.881.5
historic slope vineyards, urban viticulture, landform- and bio-diversity, plant species ground cover, endangered plants, landscape perception, landscape planning
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