Futurewatch

by Jennifer Coote

Introduction

M. Jaye et al examine the lessons for New Zealand farming from the UK outbreak of foot-and-moth disease. It would also impact on the national economy and society, since damage to exports and tourism is potentially far more devastating. Using ecological mapping, a projected epidemic is assessed for it distribution and also for the institutional and social responses. The diversification of rural lifestyles means that impacts would be felt very widely, government agencies would need to co-operate closely and a heterogeneous population does not necessarily appreciate the need for, or the methods of, control. NZ Geographer No 59/1, 03.(continue…)

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