Hum Ecol (2017) 45:545–552 DOI 10.1007/s10745-017-9925-2 Living in the Clean, Stress-Free and Quiet Countryside: Does the Reality Match the Dream? Residential Exposure to Environmental Health Stressors in the Danish Countryside Victoria Blanes-Vidal Published online: 31 July 2017 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2017 Introduction on-shore wind turbines), intermixed with major and local roads. In recent decades, animal and agricultural produc- From an environmental point of view, stress can be defined tion has increased rapidly. Most of the increased produc- as a state that occurs when people are faced with demands tion comes from industrial farms clustered close to urban and/or populated areas. Such large concentrations of ani- from the environment that require them to change in some way. Environmental health stressors are environmental mals and animal wastes close to human populations often conditions (such as noise, odors, air pollution, vibrations, cause considerable pollution and public health problems smoke, dust, temperature) that are physically perceptible, (FAO 2005). The livestock industry, typically located in negatively valued, unpredictable, uncontrollable, and re- rural areas, has followed an intensification process at both quire moderate adjustments (Campbell 1983). Exposure functional level (towards larger, more specialized and in- to these suboptimal environmental conditions place adap- tensive livestock
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