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Organic food and sustainable agriculture.

Authors
Hall-DC; Baker-BP; Franco-J; Jolly-DA
Source
Contemp Policy Issues 1989 Oct; 7(4):47-72
NIOSHTIC No.
20033688
Abstract
Over the past 50 years, the rapid transformation of agricultural technology has provided the benefits of lower prices and a smaller share of income spent on food. Developing and applying synthetic chemicals was instrumental in lowering costs of production and in increasing yields. Conventional agriculture today relies on substantial use of synthetic chemicals as key inputs. This leads to increasing concern over negative externalities, including risks to both human health and the environment. In response to these concerns, organic food has emerged as a rapidly expanding industry. This paper examines the role of organic agriculture and other low-input farming methds more sustainable within the context of policies designed to reduce negative externalities from using synthetic chemicals.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-processes; Agricultural-products; Agriculture; Vegetation; Food; Food-processing; Foodstuff; Chemical-analysis; Chemical-synthesis; Environmental-contamination; Environmental-control; Environmental-exposure; Environmental-factors; Environmental-hazards; Environmental-health; Environmental-technology; Humans; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Health-standards; Farmers; Safety-climate; Safety-education; Safety-measures
Publication Date
19891001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jnlorders@oup.co.uk
Funding Amount
1055222
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U07-CCU-906162
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0735-0007
Source Name
Contemporary Policy Issues
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California - Davis
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