By Roger E. Meiners
This ebook pulls again the wrappings that cloak U.S. agriculture and explains how and why politics has affected the normal stewardship function performed by means of agriculture.
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Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched massive spraying programs to control various pests, from fire ants to gypsy moths, that were attacking valuable crops and trees across the United States. These programs were carried out despite objections (including lawsuits) from affected landowners, some of whom included organic farmers; courts upheld the USDA’s actions as justified by the public good provided by the spray programs (Meiners and Morriss 2001, 6, 9-10). This demonstrates a problem with public solutions-their “one-size-fitsall” nature does not lend itself to competing uses or innovation.
What’s So Special about the Farm? 13 deteriorated. Over time, the state and federal governments gained the power to intervene in numerous ways in the agricultural economy. Common law doctrine was also replaced with statute law, which further gave power to rent seekers. Most important, the interventions described in this paper have attenuated property rights. Such attenuation of rights has made it possible for politicians, farmers, and environmentalists to ignore the full opportunity costs of their actions.
Agricultural Policy and the Environment by Roger E. Meiners