Land use refers to any modification of the natural environment for human use, including agricultural production.
In an food-related context, the term is often used in connection with environmental impact and/or zoning, which refers to the control of land use by the government (or other authority).
- Parcels of land (zones) may be marked for agricultural or urban development, may allow only certain types of establishments (e.g. fast food restaurants vs. grocery stores), etc.
- See A Guide to Local Food System Planning for Scott County, MN
- Farmland protection strategies include establishment of agricultural districts, agricultural protection zoning, cluster zoning, growth management laws, right to farm laws, purchase of development rights, and transfer of developmental rights
- See Agricultural Preservation Precedent Studies
See also: Policy
Within the tag family "Values, Justifications, & Motivations," in the "Ecology, Environment, & Land" cluster.