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Environmental Regulation and Agriculture
Megan Stubbs (ed)
Agricultural production can have varying impacts on the environment. The use of both natural resources (e.g., soil and water) and synthetic inputs (e.g., fertilizers and pesticides) can sometimes create a negative impact on the surrounding ecosystem. For ex., soil erosion, farm chemical runoff, and overgrazing can affect water and air resources. Converting grassland prairies and wetlands to crop production can impact wildlife populations. The federal response to agricultureńˇ╗s impact on the environment can be viewed at opposite ends of a spectrum: incentivizing sustainable production (carrot) versus requiring it through regulation (stick). While most within the agriculture community prefer the ńˇýcarrotńˇŁ approach, there is an increasing focus on the ńˇýstickńˇŁ because of recent federal regulatory action. Current federal environmental policies both restrict and encourage certain production practices. The ultimate mix of policy instruments depends on the nature of the resource issue and the information available on the linkages between farming activities and the environmental resources. Contents of this report: Introduction; Air; Water; Energy; Chemicals; Options for Congress. Tables and figures. This is a print on demand report.
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