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Agricultural Pollution: From Costs and Causes to Sustainable Practices

  • Jules N. Pretty

Abstract

It has long been known that pollution threatens our environment in many ways, causing damage to natural resources and harming humans. But the link between cause and damage is usually complex and difficult to assess. This is particularly true of agricultural pollution, which is normally diffuse by nature, arising at low levels but leading to significant cumulative impacts. Agricultural pollution is significant for a number of reasons:
  • It is a relatively new phenomenon, arising primarily out of the intensification of agriculture to feed growing numbers of people.

  • The environment functions as an integrated and interdependent whole, and agricultural pollution inevitably has a wide range of impacts upon the component parts.

  • Accurate assessment of the problems and costs of pollution and the development of policies and technologies to reduce pollution, require a partnership between specialists from a wide range of disciplines and institutions, and the people who produce, or suffer the impact of, the pollution.

Keywords

Coral Reef Natural Enemy Integrate Pest Management Green Revolution External Cost 
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© Jules N. Pretty 1990

© Editorial matter and selection © D.J.R. Angell, J.D. Comer, M.L.N. Wilkinson 1990; Foreword © Gro Harlem Brundtland 1990; Endangered Earth © Sir Shridath S. Ramphal 1990; Threatened Islands © Richard Grove 1990; The Changing Climate and Problems of Prediction © Stephen H. Schneider 1990; Acid Precipitation © Matthew Wilkinson and Sarah Woodin 1990; reforestation © Ghillean T. Prance 1990; Agricultural Pollution © Jules N. Pretty 1990; Halocarbons and Stratospheric Ozone © J.C. Farman 1990; Changes in Perception © Martin Holdgate 1990; Religion and the Environment © David Gosling 1990; Industry and the Environment © Chris Hampson 1990; OECD Nations and Sustainable Development © Charles Caccia 1990; Common Future — Common Challenge © Christopher Patten 1990; Environmental Advance and the European Community © Stanley Clinton Davis 1990; The United Nations System and Sustainable Development © Javier Perez de Cuellar 1990; Diplomacy and Sustainable Development © Sir Crispin Tickell 1990; Interpreting the Signals © Sir Arthur Norman 1990; Sustainable Development © Jim MacNeill 1990.

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