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PRIME-MINISTERS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

IF AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE CONTINUES 'BUSINESS AS USUAL', 
A DECLINE IN THE CONDITION OF NATURAL RESOURCES WILL CONTINUE AND CONTRIBUTE TO ITS ECONOMIC POSITION 

BECOMING MORE PRECARIOUS.

 

 

PROGRESS TO A SUSTAINABLE 

AGRICULTURE IS A ... FUNDAMENTAL ISSUE REQUIRING UNPRECEDENTED 

INNOVATION AND ADAPTATION IN THE INDUSTRY, AND ACTION BY GOVERNMENTS.

Industry and government are driven by an economic imperative to make profits.

This focus on productivity and international competitiveness continues to undermine the drive for more sustainable natural resource management.





Since the publication of Silent Spring, pesticide use on farms alone has doubled to 1.1 billion tons a year, and production of these dangerous chemicals has increased by 400 percent. 

We have banned certain pesticides at home, but we still produce them and export them to other countries. 

This not only involves a readiness to profit by selling others a hazard we will not accept for ourselves; it also reflects an elemental failure to comprehend that the laws of science do not observe the boundaries of politics. 

Poisoning the food chain anywhere ultimately poisons the food chain everywhere. (USA Vice-President Al Gore).

http://www.uneco.org/ssalgoreintro.html