Politically portrayed as valiant family farms scratching out a living in the Jeffersonian mode, agriculture is instead the most regulated and subsidized sector of the industrial economy, deeply intertwined in environmental policies. Agricultural Policy and the Environment pulls back the wrappings that cloak U.S. agriculture and explains how and why politics has affected the traditional stewardship role played by agriculture. The stories about why this has happened are as important to understanding policy outcomes today as the stories that explain how it has evolved.
Roger E. Meiners is professor of law and economics at the University of Texas at Arlington and a senior associate of PERC. Bruce Yandle is professor of economics emeritus at Clemson University and is also a senior associate of PERC.
Chapter 1 List of Tables and Figures Chapter 2 Acknowledgements Chapter 3 Introduction: Agricultural Policy and the Environment: Problems, Prospects, and Prosperity Chapter 4 What's So Special about the Farm? Chapter 5 Agricultural Commons Problems and Responses: Sick Hogs at the Trough Chapter 6 Regulating Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations: Internalization or Cartelization? Chapter 7 Legal Impediments to Transferring Agricultural Water to Other Uses Chapter 8 Agricultural Programs with Dubious Environmental Benefits: The Political Economy of Ethanol Chapter 9 Agricultural Technology and the Precautionary Principle Chapter 10 More Food and Environmental Quality through Intensive Agriculture Chapter 11 Carbon Emissions, Carbon Sinks, and Global Warming Chapter 12 Agriculture and the Environment: A Thirty Year Retrospective Chapter 13 Index Chapter 14 About the Political Economy Forum Series Chapter 15 About the Contributors