Sustainable agriculture – some complicating interactions
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There have been numerous definitions of 'Sustainable Agriculture' put forth, but we address the official one adopted by Agriculture Canada: "Sustainable agricultural systems are those that are economically viable, and meet society's needs for safe and nutritious food while conserving or enhancing Canada's natural resources and the quality of the environment for future generations". Speeches and discussions of this topic appear to be the order of the day. Depending on the source and definition, conflicting viewpoints are often expressed. Within Agriculture Canada this concept is being given top priority. In the long-run, one of our main goals is to "ensure that all government policies and programs are in harmony with the concept of sustainable agriculture" (G.A. Neish, address to Canada Grains Commission, October 24, 1989) . This paper will discuss, from a research perspective, some of the inherent complexities and interactions that might make such laudable goals difficult to resolve and suggest some possible mechanisms by which their achievement may be facilitated.
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