Agricultural production and the ecological question

Lawrence, Geoffrey, Cheshire, Lynda, & Richards, Carol (2004) Agricultural production and the ecological question. In White, R. (Ed.) Controversies in Environmental Sociology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 221-237.

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Environmental degradation is a worldwide phenomenon. It is manifested in the clearing of forests, polluted waterways, soil erosion, the loss of biodiversity, the presence of chemicals in the ecosystem and a host of other concerns. Modern agricultural practices have been implicated in much of this degradation. This chapter explores the connections between the form of agricultural production undertaken in advanced nations – so called ‘productivist’ or ‘high-tech’ farming – and environmental degradation. It is argued, first, that the entrenchment of productivist agriculture has placed considerable, and continuing, pressures on the environment and, second, that while there are both new options for a more sustainable agriculture and new policies being proposed to tackle the existing problem, the underlying basis of productivist agriculture remains largely unchallenged. The prediction is that environmental degradation will continue unabated until more dramatic (and possibly less palatable) measures are taken to alter the behaviour of producers and the trajectory of farming and grazing industries throughout the world.

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ID Code: 68599
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Agriculture, Ecology
ISBN: 9780521601023
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Cambridge University Press
Deposited On: 16 Mar 2014 23:06
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2015 04:42

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