A Brief History of U.S. Agricultural Policy and the Farm Bill
Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law, Forthcoming
Posted: 23 Nov 2013
Date Written: May 28, 2013
This textbook chapter kicks off the groundbreaking Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law, in which leading environmental legal scholars Mary Jane Angelo, Jason Czarnezki, and Bill Eubanks, along with five distinguished contributing authors, undertake an exploration of the challenging political and societal issues facing agricultural policy and modern food systems through the lens of environmental protection laws. It is the first book to examine both the impact of agricultural policy on the environment and the influence of environmental law on food and agriculture.
The focus of this chapter is the historical shift in the purposes and missions underlying our farm policy over the past century, and the implications of that transition for farmers, consumers, and the federal government in terms of food availability, nutrition, rural development, and conservation.
The copyright is held by the Environmental Law Institute/Thomson Reuters and may be purchased on their website.
Keywords: Agricultural policy, farm policy, food policy, environmental policy, conservation, rural development, Farm Bill, agroeconomics, nutrition, New Deal, subsidies, direct payments, commodity markets
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