Sustainable Agriculture in the Middle Ages: The English Manor
Manorial estates survived many centuries of change and appear to have been highly sustainabl e agricultur al systems. Yet this sustainabi lity was not achieved because of high agricultur al productivi ty -- indeed it appears that farmers were trading off low productivi ty against the more highly valued goals of stability, sustainabi lity and equitabili ty. These were promoted by the integrated nature of farming, the great diversity of produce, including wild resources, the diversity of livelihood strategies , the guaranteed source of labour, and the high degree of cooperatio n.

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