Research is never free of pressures and constraints and to understand its results properly these have to be assessed and analyzed. In agriculture, research into biotechnology and GMOs, as well as pesticides and herbicides, is big business - agribusiness. This book looks at the crucial roles of funding and the political context on the research agenda and its results in agricultural development. It provides a critical evaluation of the participatory methods now widely used and explores the ways in which research into biotechnology have reflected the interests of the various parties involved.
The use of plastics in agriculture - to increase crop output, improve food quality and improve sustainability - has grown substantially in both quantity and the range of applications. Many of the early researchers that conducted field research in the use of plastics in agriculture have either retired or are deceased. These early pioneers in plasticulture research, the basis of plant production using plastics, were very creative and persistent in discovering uses of plastics in agricultural applications. A Guide to the Manufacture, Performance, and Potential of Plastics in Agriculture contains both references not only to their accomplishments but also their publications. The book discusses plasticulture-the basis of plant production using plastics - including topics such as plastic mulch, row covers, drip irrigation, and high/low tunnels. It covers the process of producing polyethylene and polypropylene plastics that are used in plant and animal production agriculture, and the many uses of plastics in all aspects of agriculture, including plastic greenhouses, rigid mold plastics, disposal of plastics, and plastics in animal production. This book introduces a range of academics and industrial practitioners to the impact of plastics in agriculture, both historically and in a range of current applications. It also provides new perspectives on future developments to enable further research and application. It is an invaluable reference on the use of polyethylene, polypropylene films, and such products in all aspects of agricultural production.
Genetic modification has not failed or entirely succeeded in the 21st century agriculture but is bound to stay beyond 21st century. The battle front is still hot. The stakeholders: companies, investors, farmers, regulators, government, consumers, media and the entire world population of over 6 billion with over 5 billion hungry are still at loggerhead on the novelty or absurdity of genetic modification. In view of the fact that majority of these people are hungry, and desirous of anything called food; there is every tendency that the micro GM patented companies and investors will carry the CENTURY and beyond. According to Igbo-Nigerian proverb "If one is empty handed fighting for land, those with yams will continue to seed the land." While the debate rages, the money conglomerates companies will continue to invest on their GM technologies and the hungry and angry 5 billion populace of the world have no option, than to grudgingly buy and consume their foods. So, who is the winner. You have the answer.
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