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A village a field? Agronomic evaluation of fruit trees in inhabited space – Lessons for land use policy from a case study in Israel's Sharon Region
Year:
2022
Source of publication :
Land use policy
Authors :
Ben-Simchon, Eyal
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Shelef, Oren
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Volume :
123
Co-Authors:

Eyal Ben-Simchon
Yael Grunwald
Giora Ben-Ari
Arie Rosenfeld
Oren Shelef

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The global need to intensify sustainable food systems in the face of growing demands and environmental pressures calls for innovative solutions. With the growth of worldwide urbanization and the expansion of inhabited spaces, it is time to evaluate the opportunities for food production within settled environments. The literature shows a growing public interest in urban agroforestry in general and fruit trees in particular. This study aimed to assess whether fruits grown in inhabited areas can contribute a considerable food supply to local residents. The 1779 fruit trees in a rural settlement in Israel were surveyed as a case study. Trees included 503 subtropical, 713 citrus, 245 deciduous, 109 nut, and 209 olive trees. Of the 40 ha study site area, 53% was plantable land, of which a land equivalent to 14.25 % was utilized for fruit trees. The potential contribution of the community fruit trees in relation to the national fruit consumption per capita per annum (PCPA) was estimated at olive 72 %, nuts 83 %, subtropics 154 %, citrus 115 %, and deciduous 11 %. When considering the magnitude of fruit production within the studied community, it can be concluded that, to a considerable extent, a village may also be an orchard - a field.

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DOI :
10.1016/j.landusepol.2022.106411
Article number:
106411
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Scopus
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Language:
English
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06/12/2022 17:48
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A village a field? Agronomic evaluation of fruit trees in inhabited space – Lessons for land use policy from a case study in Israel's Sharon Region
123

Eyal Ben-Simchon
Yael Grunwald
Giora Ben-Ari
Arie Rosenfeld
Oren Shelef

A village a field? Agronomic evaluation of fruit trees in inhabited space – Lessons for land use policy from a case study in Israel's Sharon Region

The global need to intensify sustainable food systems in the face of growing demands and environmental pressures calls for innovative solutions. With the growth of worldwide urbanization and the expansion of inhabited spaces, it is time to evaluate the opportunities for food production within settled environments. The literature shows a growing public interest in urban agroforestry in general and fruit trees in particular. This study aimed to assess whether fruits grown in inhabited areas can contribute a considerable food supply to local residents. The 1779 fruit trees in a rural settlement in Israel were surveyed as a case study. Trees included 503 subtropical, 713 citrus, 245 deciduous, 109 nut, and 209 olive trees. Of the 40 ha study site area, 53% was plantable land, of which a land equivalent to 14.25 % was utilized for fruit trees. The potential contribution of the community fruit trees in relation to the national fruit consumption per capita per annum (PCPA) was estimated at olive 72 %, nuts 83 %, subtropics 154 %, citrus 115 %, and deciduous 11 %. When considering the magnitude of fruit production within the studied community, it can be concluded that, to a considerable extent, a village may also be an orchard - a field.

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