Biotechnology is compatible with sustainable agriculture

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Biotechnology can provide appropriate new tools for use in solution of specific problems in sustainable agriculture. Its usefulness will depend in large part on the degree to which sustainable agriculturists understand the utility of biotechnology and apply it toward ends they deem important. Biotechnology can give little assistance to sustainable agriculture in the short term. It can be more useful in the medium term, and it could be highly useful in the long term as an integral part of the art and science of plant breeding and other components of sustainable agriculture systems.
Keywords agribusiness  biotechnology  crop adaptation  crop diversity  crop management  crop varieties  disease resistance  environment  genetic engineering  holistic agriculture  insect resistance  new technology  plant breeding  societal responsibility  sustainable agriculture
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