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The article currently states: "As a country becomes more affluent and farming practices become more efficient, smallholdings may persist as a legacy of historical land ownership practices". This implies that efficient farming practices and smallholdings are mutually exclusive concepts. I suspect that many who live on smallholdings would argue their practices to be more efficient in many ways than the farming practices pursued in "affluent" countries, and certainly this is a point for dispute. I think it requires substantiation, or else the introductory sentence should be rephrased. 126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:10, 3 May 2011 (UTC)
Where I live, in the San Francisco Bay Area, people used to start their own high-tech companies so they could become multimillionaires. Now everyone wants to become a smallhold farmer, because that's where the money is. Free-range, organically grown, locally-grown. These are not hobby-farmers: they are serious business-people. Try visiting the Ferry Building Farmer's Market to see how they're raking in the dough. Zyxwv99 (talk) 19:28, 26 May 2012 (UTC)
While doing a great job of dealing with smallholdings in a British and Australasian context, this article doesn't address the prevalent definition of a smallholding in third-world countries. I'll try to expand it, but the best I can offer is probably one or two sentences. Johnleemk | Talk 14:43, 20 February 2006 (UTC)
"Farming there has only ever been organic, and now that electricity Telephone and sometimes gas is available in every village it is a very tempting option, especially as every one under 30 speaks excellent English and Transilvanians are as famous for their beauty as the Transilvanian countryside itself" What is tempting? Moving to Transilvania? The referance seems to be an adverticement for a Transilvanian farm... I'm not even commenting the beauty of transilvanians. This sentance has to go. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 14:33, 26 February 2009 (UTC)
I will try to do more research to include a mention of Transylvania in this article. When I visited for the first time (a few days after the revolution in 1989) I saw the smallhold farms runs by the Transylvanian Saxons. They were reminiscent of the small farms in Switzerland and the Tyrolian Alps: small, but run like a Swiss watch. Not to mention highly lucrative. Zyxwv99 (talk) 19:17, 26 May 2012 (UTC)