FPJ1203C - Swift, M (2015), The Implications of Societal Risk Management on Agricultural Productivity

FPJ1203C - Swift, M (2015), The Implications of Societal Risk Management on Agricultural Productivity

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FPJ1203C – Swift, M (2015), The Implications of Societal Risk Management on Agricultural Productivity, in Farm Policy Journal, vol. 9, no. 2, Spring 2015, pp. 11-17, Surry Hills, Australia.

The scope for agricultural productivity gains is immense with technologies such as autonomous systems and biotechnology. However, there is a growing concern in modern society about the safety of the systems which underpin a modern lifestyle. The full potential of productivity enhancing tools is likely to be impeded by society, using risk management instruments such as the precautionary principle.

Not all productivity gains are planned, there needs to be room for trial and error, and serendipity. Innate problems in the food sector will not all be overcome through higher regulation. Regulators and activists need to fully understand the unintended consequences of their actions. The food supply chain needs to improve communication with its customers to highlight why innovations matter, how they help and how they work.

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