The agricultural urban interface is the boundary between rural/agricultural and urban/suburban areas. In rapidly changing areas, competition for land can produce land use patterns at this interface that result in costly conflicts and policy dilemmas. The factors underlying the urbanization and development process are well understood. Numerous public and private strategies are available to prevent or reduce rural urban conflict. Despite these efforts, agricultural/rural issues remain. With industrialization of the food system, they have become a more critical public policy issue.
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