The prospects for developing non-food agricultural products
For a number of years, agriculture in the developed countries has had to cope with great difficulties in marketing its food products as a result of substantial advances in the industry’s productivity, and changes in food habits. The Common Agricultural Policy’s answer to this problem has been to withdraw land from production. This approach does not appear to be a real solution in view of its inherent threat of producing wasteland, and the confusion it has caused amongst farmers. Other outputs for agricultural production should therefore be given consideration. One answer appears to be the development of non-food agricultural products. Another argument in favour of exploring this avenue is that it would certainly be conducive to preserving the environment. It would also be useful preparation for the future in making it possible gradually to meet the challenge of the inevitable scarcity of fossil raw materials.
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Non-food agricultural products
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Office Parlementaire d´Evaluation des Choix Scientifiques et Technologiques of the French Parliament (OPECST)