Rural Issues

The information in this section pertains to the environmental concerns faced by business owners who operate in rural areas. These issues are different from those faced by urban businesses in many ways, but the issue of environmental impact reduction is still very relevant.


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New Rainforest Alliance Standard Targets Cattle Farming New Rainforest Alliance Standard Targets Cattle Farming

Date added: 12/21/2010
Date modified: 12/21/2010
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This concise article discusses a new certification standard launched by the Rainforest Alliance and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) which is intended to help farmers deal with the environmental concerns such as deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions associated with cattle production. The article outlines a few of the measures promoted by this standard and some of the benefits to cattle farms which earn the certification.

Losing Rural America Losing Rural America

Date added: 06/20/2011
Date modified: 06/20/2011
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This article is part of a series that explores our increasingly distant relationship to our rural roots through population, market forces and dogmatic views on planning. The main focus of this piece is the shift in this country over the past century from a significant rural population to a largely urban one. Despite this shift, though, rural communities may have the potential to become centers for sustainable development, particularly in the areas of renewable and alternative energy. This article focuses on trends and theories in planning to explore the current relationship between small agricultural communities and large urban centers.

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