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The role of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture: Views and perceptions among key actors in the Swedish food supply chain
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
SLU Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
RISE, SP – Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut, JTI Institutet för Jordbruks- och Miljöteknik.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4108-4680
2015 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 7, no 6, p. 7512-7529Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Researchers have put forward agricultural biotechnology as one possible tool for increasing food production and making agriculture more sustainable. In this paper, it is investigated how key actors in the Swedish food supply chain perceive the concept of agricultural sustainability and the role of biotechnology in creating more sustainable agricultural production systems. Based on policy documents and semi-structured interviews with representatives of five organizations active in producing, processing and retailing food in Sweden, an attempt is made to answer the following three questions: How do key actors in the Swedish food supply chain define and operationalize the concept of agricultural sustainability? Who/what influences these organizations' sustainability policies and their respective positions on agricultural biotechnology? What are the organizations' views and perceptions of biotechnology and its possible role in creating agricultural sustainability? Based on collected data, it is concluded that, although there is a shared view of the core constituents of agricultural sustainability among the organizations, there is less explicit consensus on how the concept should be put into practice or what role biotechnology can play in furthering agricultural sustainability. 

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MDPI AG , 2015. Vol. 7, no 6, p. 7512-7529
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Agricultural sustainability, Biotechnology, Environment, Food production systems, Sustainability policy, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-42314DOI: 10.3390/su7067512Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84934292369OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-42314DiVA, id: diva2:1380972
Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved

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