Evidence-based agriculture: can we get there?

James Virgona, Geoff Daniel

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Abstract

This paper presents the case for making evidence the basis for decision making in agriculture. It briefly surveys the phenomenon of evidence-based medicine and concludes that elements of its approach would be beneficial to modern agricultural practice. The current need for an evidence basis is highlighted by considering the adoption of practices/ideas that are not underpinned by sound evidence and the non-adoption of practices that are. An example of a policy to ensure that evidence is central in decision making in commercial agriculture is provided. Finally, we propose that there is a role for professional societies and other producer-based bodies, rural industry research corporations and scientific journals to work together to produce well-researched reviews that lead to practical evidence-based guidelines that can be implemented on farm
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-25
Number of pages7
JournalAgricultural Science
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

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