Nuffield Australia 2012 scholarship winner
Mark Swift, from Parkes in New South Wales, received a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by John Deere. He studied the effects and cost of the precautionary principle.
Mark works in his wife’s family farming business in central west NSW. ‘Kebby & Watson’ is currently cropping 3400 hectares of winter cereals, canola and legumes in a continuous cropping rotation utilising no‐till and control traffic management practices. In addition, Mark and his wife run a small prime lamb business consisting of 400 Dorper ewes.
He explains that the precautionary principle is when, without scientific proof to the contrary, a person taking a particular action has to prove it is not harmful. Mark says, “technological advancement is being shelved and access stifled due to this principle of treating all new developments as if they have catastrophic consequences for human health and safety or the environment.”
He wanted a better understanding of why the precautionary principle is applied to innovations in the agricultural sphere and wants to identify the kind of technology that is subjected to the precautionary principle by regulators.
The countries Mark visited include Mexico, Syria, the USA and Uganda.
Location: Parkes, NSW 2870
Tel: 0429 890 160
Scholarship report: The implications of societal risk management on agricultural productivity
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