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Re-assessment and re-integration of ecological capital in the farm management of farmers provides a way out of the economic, ecological and socio-cultural crises in agriculture. Farmers know as no one else how to manage natural resources. By integrating food production and other functions, they are able to maintain or even to increase their level of income. Besides, they meet the societal demand for multifunctional use of rural areas. The research on ecological capital is done together with farmers who position themselves as co-ordinators of nature and society. They are (at) the foundation for renewing agriculture.
The research is not limited to the creation of a theory on balancing nature and society and the way this can best be achieved, but creates new relations between agriculture that is detached from nature and societal requirements and demands. Per default, nature – real and relevant natural values – develops on farms, although for this organizational novelties are required. These are small, at first sight invisible changes in one or several related parts of the farm, that have a significant impact on the optimization of the firm. Characteristic of novelties is that they are created, adapted and implemented in practice. Their creation is based on common sense and local knowledge.
Dit proefschrift levert een bijdrage aan de theoretische en empirische uitwerking van het begrip ecologisch kapitaal. Het gaat om een exploratieve studie, gesitueerd in de Noordelijke Friese Wouden in het noorden van Nederland. Om het landschap en de daarin besloten liggende natuurwaarden te beschermen zijn boeren in die regio georganiseerd in de gebiedscoöperatie ‘de Vereniging NFW’. Het proefschrift beschrijft hoe boeren ecologisch kapitaal, oftewel het geheel aan natuurlijke hulpbronnen in en rond de boerderij, waarnemen, benutten en verrijken.
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