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Title: Cotton: part of the social fabric?
Contributor(s): Howard, Tanya  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: Imagine a future where cotton farms are run by sophisticated machines. Computerised systems monitor crop conditions; aerial drones collect real time information about your crop; pickers, gins and classers are operated by only a few people, in a 24 hour cycle dedicated to economic efficiency. Sounds like a productivity paradise! There's only one thing missing... viable and thriving cotton communities in rural and regional Australia. The Australian cotton industry has faced concern about environmental impacts by embracing regulation, best practice and innovation. The industry has shown it can increase profitability and productivity while capturing a social license to operate. Future trends suggest a more competitive global marketplace ahead, as man-made fibres combine with nano-technology to challenge Australia's "pure fibre" focus. If the industry continues to focus on economic gain, rural communities and economies will start to suffer. This research asks how can we maintain the social fabric of cotton communities?
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: 17th Australian Cotton Conference: Our Fibre, Our Focus, Our Future, Gold Coast, Australia, 5th - 7th August, 2014
Conference Details: 17th Australian Cotton Conference: Our Fibre, Our Focus, Our Future, Gold Coast, Australia, 5th - 7th August, 2014
Grant Details: ARC/LP110100659
Source of Publication: 17th Australian Cotton Conference Conference papers and e-summaries, p. 102-102
Publisher: Cotton Research and Development Corporation (CRDC)
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
160403 Social and Cultural Geography
160804 Rural Sociology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960705 Rural Land Policy
960703 Environmental Education and Awareness
960704 Land Stewardship
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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