Pastures new may destroy the planet

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Original languageEnglish
JournalNew Scientist
Issue number2600
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2007
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Sustainable development is the mantra of the 21st century. It is applied to just about everything from energy to clean water and economic growth, and as a result it has become difficult to question either the basic assumptions behind it or the way the concept is put to use. This is especially true in agriculture, where sustainable development is often taken as the sole measure of progress - always a dangerous notion - without a proper appreciation of historical and cultural perspectives.