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Frontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering >> 2016, Volume 10, Issue 4 doi: 10.1007/s11783-016-0865-7

Environmental deterioration of farmlands caused by the irrational use of agricultural technologies

. Institute of Plant Quarantine, Chinese Academy of Inspection and Quarantine, Beijing 100029, China.. CSIRO Agriculture, Black Mountain, ACT 2913, Australia.. State Key Laboratory of Environmental Criteria and Risk Assessment, Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China

Available online: 2016-08-04

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Without considering the ecosystem-dependence of agricultural production, irrational use of agricultural technologies could bring only short-term economic benefits but leave long-term environmental deterioration. If some agricultural lands have to be abandoned because of these technologies such as chemical films or groundwater depletion, it will aggravate the burden of remaining lands for maintaining or enhancing production. Thus, agricultural production should be a part of public services, requiring the consideration of interests of different stakeholders and sustainability.

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