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    STUDIA AMBIENTUM - Issue no. 1-2 / 2008  

  Abstract:  In Romania the agricultural sector should not be ignored if the goal is to give the population better living standards and increase the country''s competitiveness in the world, but that is precisely what has happened in the past. Most Romanian farms are unable to compete on the European market, or even access it, and that is one reason for a rise in subsistence farming. Both the government of Romania and the European Union are now trying to change the situation through increasing the size of the farms and encouraging alterations in current methods of working, and that meets strong resistance from the population. Much resistance has cultural roots and is strongly encapsulated in habits, weak institutions or distrust and it increases the dependence on subsistence farming. Romania has the potential of becoming one of the best European deliverers of agricultural products, but that will demand drastic changes.

Keywords: agriculture, farming, European Union, Romania
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