By Joseph C. Cooper, Leslie Lipper, David Zilberman (auth.), Joseph Cooper, Leslie Marie Lipper, David Zilberman (eds.)
The issues addressed during this ebook are of significant significance to the survival of humankind. Agricultural biodiversity, encompassing genetic range in addition to human wisdom, is the bottom upon which agricultural construction has been equipped, and conserving this source is important to making sure the skill of present and destiny generations to evolve to unexpected demanding situations. Agricultural biodiversity underpins the productiveness of all agricultural structures and is especially very important for negative and food-insecure farmers, who continue hugely various creation platforms in accordance with the marginal and dicy creation stipulations they function less than. figuring out the significance of agricultural biodiversity within the livelihoods of the foodstuff insecure and embellishing its functionality by using quite a few instruments, together with biotechnology, is a seriously vital factor on the planet this day, the place over 800 million humans have inadequate foodstuff to fulfill minimal wishes. a robust topic that runs in the course of the ebook is the significance of fine public coverage interventions to advertise the supply of public items linked to agricultural biodiversity conservation and directing biotechnology improvement to satisfy the desires of the negative. The book's basic innovation is that it describes the connection among biotechnology and plant genetic variety and places those within the context of agricultural improvement. either the conservation of plant genetic variety and agricultural biotechnology have got vast exam, however the linkages among the 2 haven't, regardless of the it sounds as if visible courting among the two.
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2. ENVIRONMENTALISM Environmentalism has arisen from two main motivations: (1) the interest in preserving species, environmental quality, and ecosystems and (2) the concern about environmental and health side effects of agricultural practices. The 1957 publication of Rachel Carson's book, Silent Spring, was a major benchmark in the evolution of the environmental movement. It raised awareness about the negative side effects of pesticides and other agricultural practices. Over the last 30years, with a growing availability of information on the incidence and costs of environmental degradation, concerns over the necessity and means for controlling and reversing the process have become manifested in governmental policies from the international to the local level, as well as through activities in civil society.
Property rights and their degree of enforcement are also likely to impact the extent and 2. Major Economic Processes, Agriculture and the Environment 21 nature of transgenic crop adoption, which will have implications for both spatial and temporal agricultural diversity (see Chapter 3; also Wright, 1998) The increased value of plant genetic resources as an input t o breeding under private breeding programs may lead to increased demand for diversity (see Chapter 19). Concern that the establishment of property rights will lead to reduced levels of access and exchange of plant genetic resources and thus reduced levels of agricultural biodiversity have also been raised (FAO, 1998; Crucible Group, 1994).
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