for example …..

  • bottom-up trends to protect and retain rural land uses and related heritage;
  • health benefits and poverty alleviation through small farm enabling programs;
  • retirement of farmers with limited new farmers;
  • rising awareness around food security;
  • concern with food, water and soil quality;
  • increasing preference for local and organic food production and purchasing;
  • rural population reduction and related growth in urban areas; and
  • urban sprawl overtaking peri-rural areas.