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Agriculture as a Global Polluter

Jules N. Pretty, Gordon R. Conway

Report/paper, 24 pages

We tend to associate pollution with industrial activity, but agriculture, too, is a polluter. Pesticides, fertilisers and farm wastes can create severe pollution of water and land, on a local and sometimes even regional scale. In recent years it has also become apparent that agriculture is a major source of atmospheric pollution, with consequences that are both long term and global.

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