Agriculture and the Environment: Searching for Greener Pastures

Agriculture and the Environment: Searching for Greener Pastures

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Agriculture and the Environment: Searching for Greener Pastures by Terry L. Anderson

U.S. agriculture is the envy of the world. Although output from U.S. farms is high, there is a growing gap between what is being produced and what could be produced, partly because innovation and production are constrained by a growing maze of environmental regulations.

The chapters, authored by leading experts in their fields, focus on the major environmental constraints that limit U.S. food production without necessarily improving environmental quality. Each paper documents a specific issue, discusses the regulatory response, and offers ideas for reform.

  • U.S. farmland Are we really running out of prime farmland? Or is this just another example of Chicken Little?
  • Sensitive habitat How can environmentally sensitive land be preserved? Does it make sense to set aside habitat forever? How can the market process be strengthened?
  • Urban sprawl and agricultural land Can controls on agricultural land use prevent urban sprawl? Are there market alternatives to command and control?
  • Chemicals and agriculture The use of agricultural chemicals accounts for much of the high growth of output from U.S. farms. Are chemicals that contribute to agricultural productivity harmful to the environment? Have regulations made things better or worse? Can we return to natural farming? At what cost?
  • Genetically engineered food products Are genetically modified crops dangerous to human health? Do they harm the environment or improve it by reducing pesticide and chemical use? Will more regulations on genetic engineering harm the environment?
  • Taxation How do taxes affect land use? Are they an effective tool for encouraging productivity?
  • Water What is the role for water markets in agriculture? Can they balance water use with in-stream environmental demands? Why are farmers concerned about water markets?
  • Endangered species protection How has the Endangered Species Act affected U.S. farmers and ranchers? Has it worked? How can species-protecting market incentives be introduced?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817999162
Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
Publication date: 04/01/2001
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 198
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Terry Anderson, the John and Jean DeNault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the executive director of PERC - the Property and Environment Research Center, a think tank focusing on market solutions to environmental problems located in Bozeman, Montana, and professor emeritus at Montana State University.

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