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Cotton, health and environment: a case study of self-regulation

Gunningham, Neil

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The Australian cotton industry confronts a range of serious occupational health and environmental challenges, many of which relate to the use and misuse of agricultural chemicals. This article asks which policy instruments are likely to be most effective and efficient in addressing those challenges? Is government regulation a credible option or would industry self-regulation achieve better results? Is there a role for safety. Health and environmental management systems or is some other option,...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGunningham, Neil
dc.date.accessioned2005-01-13
dc.date.accessioned2005-03-10
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:55:47Z
dc.date.available2005-03-10
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:55:47Z
dc.date.created2004
dc.identifier.issn1320-5323
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/42631
dc.description.abstractThe Australian cotton industry confronts a range of serious occupational health and environmental challenges, many of which relate to the use and misuse of agricultural chemicals. This article asks which policy instruments are likely to be most effective and efficient in addressing those challenges? Is government regulation a credible option or would industry self-regulation achieve better results? Is there a role for safety. Health and environmental management systems or is some other option, or combination of options, likely to achieve better economic and health and environmental outcomes? More broadly, given the substantial threats to the cotton industry's legitimacy (and indirectly to its economic viability) resulting from its tarnished environmental image, how might the industry best preserve its 'social license' and rebuild trust and credibility with key stakeholders? The answers to these questions will have broader resonance than to the cotton industry alone. The industry provides a classic example of the health and environmental challenges that confront high input, intensively irrigated agriculture and other industries that have aroused a high degree of public concern concerning their health and environmental impact. The ways it has reacted to the pressures it faced and sought through voluntary environmental management arrangements (VEMAs), to protect both its 'social license' and its economic viability, contain important lessons for many other industry sectors that will, sooner or later, confront similar health, environmental and economic
dc.format.extent1 vol.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherThe Australian National University, The National Research Centre for OHS Regulation (NRCOHSR)
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWorking Paper (National Research Centre for OHS Regulation (NRCOHSR), The Australian National University) ; No. 29
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectAustralian cotton industry
dc.subjectoccupational health
dc.subjectagricultural chemicals
dc.subjectgovernment regulation
dc.subjectindustry self-regulation
dc.subjectVEMAs
dc.subjectVoluntary Environmental Management Arrangements
dc.subjectco-regulation
dc.subjectsocial license
dc.subjecteconomic viability
dc.subjectenvironment
dc.titleCotton, health and environment: a case study of self-regulation
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationyear2004
local.identifier.eprintid2936
local.rights.ispublishedyes
local.identifier.absfor050209 - Natural Resource Management
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub16621
local.publisher.urlhttp://regnet.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationANU
local.contributor.affiliationNational Research Centre for OHS Regulation
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:23:13Z
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission received from RegNet to deposit their publications in to Open Research (ERMS2457502)
dc.rights.licenseThis is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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