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ECOLOGY IN CAP AND BULGARIAN AGRICULTURE
ECOLOGY IN CAP AND BULGARIAN AGRICULTURE

Author(s): Anna Mantarova, Plamena Yovchevska
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Институт за социолошки и политичко-правни истражувања
Keywords: environmental culture; environment-friendly (green) practices; traditional agricultural practices; Common agricultural policy

Summary/Abstract: The development of the human society, globally, is becoming more and more dynamic. However progress confronts humanity with serious, even existential challenges crossing national borders. Some of them affect the very conditions of its existence. Precisely such are the environmental problems that accompany the contemporary society. For more than a decade, ecology has been an integral part of the priorities of the European Union. All sectoral policies are becoming increasingly greener. Ecology is put forward as one of the highlights in the “Europe 2020: smart, green, for everyone” strategy, announced at the end of 2010. An illustrative example is the Common Agricultural Policy. Solving of current tasks, related to ensuring food security, natural resource conservation and preservation of the environment, reoriented the CAP to promote environmentally sound production. In this context of global and regional problems and policies the topic of Bulgarian Agriculture as a part of the EU area is tabled. We discuss some of the results of empirical sociological research carried out in 2010. Тhe region, in which our survey was conducted, is characterized by the sustainable development of typical small-acreage agriculture, carried out, as a general rule, on privately owned land. It is known that this type of farms do not have a dominant share in production. But they are particularly important in terms of regional development and help stop the migration and depopulation. The results of our research showed that farmers, although not familiar with specific ecological requirements and recommendations of the Common Agricultural Policy, widely applied traditional, learned from previous generations, agricultural practices that are inherently environmentally friendly. A strong role in the motivation plays the traditional attitude towards the land as a family value. Now applied practices, complemented by awareness raising and introduction of innovations is a prerequisite for synergetic effects in the implementation of the objectives of the Community policy in the new programming and budget period after 2013.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 235-244
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English