Slovene agriculture is going through drastic changes. Most of the land is still owned by small farmers. The production is oriented to the market and is based on modern Western technology. It is associated with increasing pollution and is becoming a serious threat to biodiversity. Many of the wild plants are endangered due to genetic erosion within species. The traditional crops and varieties are being replaced by imported materials and the use of chemicals has been increasing. Many of the traditional varieties have been neglected and/or lost. The existing germplasm collections are incomplete and frequently do not include traditional varieties. There are only a few breeding organizations with limited capacities and collections. The legislation is not efficient enough to protect the environment and biotic diversity. Schools, media, religious, sport, tourist, and other organizations should be more active in promoting the respect for biodiversity.
|Publication Title||Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics|
|Author Address||Faculty of Agriculture, University of Maribor, Vrbanska 30, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia. firstname.lastname@example.org|
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