A Reconsideration of Agricultural Law: A Call for the Law of Food, Farming, and Sustainability
Susan A. Schneider
University of Arkansas - School of Law
December 1, 2009
William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review, Vol. 34, p. 935, Spring 2010
American agricultural policy has evolved from its early focus on agricultural development and expansion to its current emphasis on providing economic support for the agricultural sector. Agricultural law as a discipline has tracked this policy, with agricultural law scholars debating the origins and the validity of the special treatment of agriculture under the law. This article reviews these debates and calls for a reconsideration of agricultural law and policy. It argues for agricultural policies that consider the production of safe and healthy food as the primary goal. Agricultural law in this context can address the unique aspects of agricultural production, the fragility of the environment, and sustainability concerns, all in the context of a systemic food policy. Transforming the special law of agriculture to focus on the sustainable production of healthy food is a critical challenge for the future.
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Date posted: August 9, 2009 ; Last revised: May 5, 2013
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