Biotechnology: the ultimate cleaner production technology for agriculture?

Hall, Jeremy and Crowther, Sarah (1999) Biotechnology: the ultimate cleaner production technology for agriculture? Journal of Cleaner Production, 6 (3-4). pp. 313-322. ISSN 0959-6526

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Abstract

There has been much discussion regarding the potential environmental benefits and hazards associated with agricultural biotechnology. Some argue that it can eliminate the need for a wide range of material inputs such as pesticides and herbicides. Others argue that it will increase the demand for non-sustainable and potentially hazardous `agri-business' practices. We test these claims against the cleaner production approach. Although we found that pressures to accept this technology are strong enough to overcome initial resistance, we also found that biotechnology, as it applies to agriculture, is not consistent with a cleaner production approach due to the high level of risk. We suggest that this type of technology adds an additional dimension to the cleaner production argument.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Tahir Beydola
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2019 12:40
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 12:40
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88612
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