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Kociszewski, K. (2018). CHANGES IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF POLISH AGRICULTURE AFTER THE ACCESSION TO THE EUROPEAN UNION. Journal of Agribusiness and Rural Development, 50(4), 385–393.

Karol Kociszewski
Department of Ecological Economics, Wrocław University of Economics, Komandor- ska 118/120 St., 53-345 Wrocław  Poland

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