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The cult of the amateur in agriculture threatens food security.
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PMID:  18675478     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The incorporation of science and technology into agriculture has led to enormous growth in crop yields, providing food security in many countries. From the 1950s onwards there has been increasing interference in agricultural policy by a few scientists who are marginal to agriculture and from a variety of unqualified groups. These groups and individuals have used fear and anxiety and have greatly exaggerated minor problems to persuade an unqualified public of supposed dangers in food and to try and change agricultural policy. Fear and emotion do not lead to good policy, and the cult of the amateur that has developed could have serious repercussions on vital food security and future agriculture in developing countries; it must be soundly rejected.
Anthony Trewavas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in biotechnology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0167-7799     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Biotechnol.     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-15     Completed Date:  2008-11-18     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8310903     Medline TA:  Trends Biotechnol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  475-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute of Molecular Plant Science, University of Edinburgh, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JH, Scotland.
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / legislation & jurisprudence,  manpower*,  standards*
Biotechnology / legislation & jurisprudence,  trends
Crops, Agricultural / standards,  supply & distribution
Food Supply* / economics,  legislation & jurisprudence,  standards
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Legislation, Food / standards*
Occupations / standards
Professional Role

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