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Abstract

Global and regional trends in the use of land and water resources, in population and habitat, in food and energy demands per capita, have led to a dramatic intensification of agriculture and forestry practices in recent decades. This intensification has involved a greatly increased use of chemicals, especially of fertilizers and pesticides. The contribution made by chemicals to modern agriculture in terms of higher harvest yields, improved product quality, post-harvest protection and the maintenance and improvement of soil fertility is well recognized. The more complex questions of their undesirable side effects and overall impact on the environment are less well understood and quantified. To address these questions authoritative guidelines and adequate information are both needed. To this end objective studies of both the risks and benefits of agrochemical usage are essential, whether to allay unjustified fears or to provide the basis for imposing constraints on unnecessary or undesirable chemical use. These issues are of special importance for the European Community (EC) because of its relatively high population densities, effectively limited land and water resources, and growing concern with environmental quality protection. It was against this background that the Commission of the European Communities and the Irish Government jointly organised the Symposium "Environment and Chemicals in Agriculture" which was held in Dublin, 15-17 October, 1984.

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Authors: WINTERINGHAM F P W JOINT FAO/IAEA CHEMICAL RESIDUES PROGRAMME, WIEN (AUSTRIA), JOINT FAO/IAEA CHEMICAL RESIDUES PROGRAMME, WIEN (AUSTRIA)
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: 407., 1985, ISBN 0-85334-404-3 WRITE TO ELSEVIER APPLIED SCIENCE PUBLISHERS LTD., CROWN HOUSE, LINTON ROAD, BARKING, ESSEX IG11 8JU (UK), PRICE: UKL 48 BARKING, ESSEX IG11 8JU (UK), PRICE: UKL 48, (EUR 10050 EN).
Record Number: 1989124033100 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
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