Food and Resource Issues
Autumn (April) 2003
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water for irrigation and the environment? Some problems and prospects for
Gyles. Pogue Road, Toolamba VIC
a great Australian leg spinner of the 1930s once bowled all day in a Test
match, taking 0 wickets for 365. He later explained that he remembered the
experience well, as his figures coincided with the Book of Hymns Ancient
and Modern, Hymn No.365 ' Art thou weary, art they languid, art thou sore
depressed?'' Ollie Gyles, weary and sore depressed by the prattling of
water saviours and other cranks - but a long way from being languid - introduces
technical and economic sense into water saving debates that have been characterized hitherto more by nonsense than sense. This
querulous economist thinks it is not very clever to advocate investing resources to
achieve outcomes where the benefits have no hope of exceeding the costs.
or Altruism? An historical perspective of sustainable development,
economies and science.
Lumley, The University of Western Australia.
Sarah Lumley, in an
historical perspective of sustainable development, economics and science,
provides the timely reminder that concerns about improving commercial
outcomes, environmental conditions and social equity are not discoveries
the intelligentsia, and others, have made in the past week or two, but
such concerns, together with rounded views of the role of market
solutions, were prominent concerns of intellectual discourse over two
hundred years ago.
the scientists got it right this time?
Gleeson, Synapse Research and Consulting, South Brisbane.
'Blueprint for a Living Continent' of the Wentworth group of scientists
left Tony Gleeson feeling somewhat under whelmed. In his article 'Have the
Scientists got it right this time?', Tony kicks off the questioning of
this report by agricultural and resource economists.
climate risk in agriculture.
Kim Chance, Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, WA.
Finally, The W.A. Minister
for Agriculture, the Hon. Kim Chance has provided his opening
address to the workshop on Managing Climatic Risk in Agriculture at the
annual AARES conference in Freemantle. Some possible measures for managing
climate risk that are worthy of a closer look are signalled.