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April 2004

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Guidelines for establishing audits of agricultural environmental hotspots

Environment and Natural Resources Working Paper No. 15

by Michael H. Glantz
Environmental and Societal Impacts Group
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Boulder, CO USA

This paper aims to identify key issues related to the purpose and potential value of developing a sustained activity focused on the identification and monitoring of potentially adverse impacts and the responses that might result from interactions between agricultural activities and environmental processes. Where the adverse impacts of such interactions have reached levels detrimental to sustained human activities or to environmental processes, the term "hotspots" is used. The concept of "foreseeability" is introduced and applied to agriculture-environment interactions.

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