Biotechnology and sustainable agriculture in Central Queensland

Grice, Janet and Lawrence, Geoffrey (2004) Biotechnology and sustainable agriculture in Central Queensland. The International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 2 2: 66-81.

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Author Grice, Janet
Lawrence, Geoffrey
Title Biotechnology and sustainable agriculture in Central Queensland
Journal name The International Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society
ISSN 1449-0706
Publication date 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2
Issue 2
Start page 66
End page 81
Total pages 16
Editor K. Farqhuarson
M. Finn
S. Malta
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject 1608 Sociology
Abstract Within Australia, both State and Federal governments have exhibited support for biotechnology. Agriculture is currently considering whether to embrace new biotechnologies. Sustainable development means that economic growth should be promoted but guided in ways that are both environmentally benign and socially just. Does biotechnology offer new means of attaining sustainability? This paper looks at a number of biotechnology applications and evaluates their contribution to sustainable agriculture and development in the Central Queensland region. Results show that each application of the technology must be examined individually to determine its sustainability in terms of the environment, economic status and public acceptance. It concludes that the evaluation of environmental outcomes of releases in terms of current agro-environmental standards may not be sufficient to ensure the sustainability of the technology. It is necessary to question the sustainability of current agricultural practices as well.
Keyword Biotechnologies in agriculture
Sustainable agriculture -Central Queensland
Q-Index Code C1

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