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Bugs in the System: Redesigning the Pesticide Industry for Sustainable Agriculture [NOOK Book]

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This important, interdisciplinary contribution to the 'greening' business debate looks at one of the most environmentally controversial industries - the chemical pesticide industry. If that sector can be put on to an environmentally sustainable footing, then the same may be possible for virtually all of industry. As business and environmental trends turn the pesticide industry's focus to biotechnology and seed engineering, this book examines the extent to which the industry is prepared to exploit new business ...
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Bugs in the System: Redesigning the Pesticide Industry for Sustainable Agriculture

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Overview

This important, interdisciplinary contribution to the 'greening' business debate looks at one of the most environmentally controversial industries - the chemical pesticide industry. If that sector can be put on to an environmentally sustainable footing, then the same may be possible for virtually all of industry. As business and environmental trends turn the pesticide industry's focus to biotechnology and seed engineering, this book examines the extent to which the industry is prepared to exploit new business opportunities in a more regenerative agriculture and draws attention to the industry's economic, environmental and social responsibilities.
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Using the pesticide industry as a case study of the "greening of industry,"14 contributors<-->from the fields of sustainable agriculture, business, environmental economics, and "future search"<-- >discuss insidious aspects of the pest management chemical industry as it "greenwashes" in efforts to match its ecologically correct bioscience rhetoric. They discuss the true costs of pesticide use, sustainable alternatives and their implications. Distributed in the US by Iowa State U. Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134179015
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 222
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

William Vorley is director of the Environment and Agriculture Programme at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Minneapolis, Minnesota, and visiting scientist at the Leopold Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University.

Dennis Keeney is director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. He was formerly chair of the Land Resources Graduate programme in the Institute for Environmental Studies and chair of the Soil Science Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
Acronyms and Abbreviations
Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1 The Greening of Industry versus Greenwash: Introducing a Case Study 1
2 Pesticides in World Agriculture: Causes, Consequences and Alternative Courses 17
3 The True Price Of Pesticides 50
4 Incorporating External Impacts in Pest Management Choices 94
5 Sustainable Business and the Pesticide Business: a Comparison 107
6 Unravelling the Stakeholder Dialogue of Pest Management 136
7 Future Searching for New Opportunities Involving the Pesticide Industry and Sustainable Agriculture 169
8 Solving for Pattern 193
Contact Addresses 216
Index 218
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