The Agroecological Opium of the Masses

CHOICES, Vol. 10, No. 04, p. 16, 1995

7 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2008  

James Ming Chen

Michigan State University - College of Law

Date Written: November, 19 2008

Abstract

A specter is haunting agriculture, the specter of agroecological ideology. Extreme agroecological rhetoric transparently disguises a willingness to sacrifice environmental objectives whenever they conflict with the pecuniary interests of incumbent farmers. Agroecological ideology conceals an ugly truth about agriculture: farming is not an environmentally benign activity. In particular, the legal controversy over recombinant bovine somatotropin demonstrates how an agroecological response to new biotechnology can favor producer incomes over consumer welfare and environmental integrity. O brave moo world, that has such creatures in it!

Keywords: farming, agriculture, agricultural law, recombinant bovine somatotropin, rbST, milk, dairy, biotechnology

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Chen, James Ming, The Agroecological Opium of the Masses (November, 19 2008). CHOICES, Vol. 10, No. 04, p. 16, 1995. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1304200

James Ming Chen (Contact Author)

Michigan State University - College of Law ( email )

318 Law College Building
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
United States

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