The Sustainable Farm Bill: A Proposal for Permanent Environmental Change
William S. Eubanks II
Meyer Glitzenstein & Eubanks LLP; Vermont Law School
39 Envtl. L. Rep. 10493 (2009)
This article provides a holistic analysis of the United States Farm Bill that highlights the grave societal and environmental implications of buttressing our nation's industrial agricultural system with ever-larger commodity subsidies. Specifically, this article first provides a brief history of both American agriculture and the Farm Bill as context for the vast structural shift that has occurred in our nation's farming and food systems over the past century. Next, the article examines the severe environmental consequences of a subsidized industrial agricultural system, including impacts to water, soil, land, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions. The article concludes by re-centering the discussion on Farm Bill reform by proposing an innovative policy solution that can single-handedly solve many of the environmental problems identified in the preceding chapter.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Farm Bill, environmental degradation, industrial agriculture, megafarm, water, soil, wildlife impacts, erosion, sedimentation, pollution, sustainable agriculture, organic farming, climate change mitigation
Date posted: May 28, 2009 ; Last revised: February 17, 2013