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Environment & Agriculture - General
Rapid growth and increased concentration in agricultural production has caused significant negative impacts on environmental quality – land, air and water – in many regions of the United States. In addition, an industrial agriculture model that uses heavy inputs of pesticides and fertilizers to sustain massive monocultures has created a variety of harms to the environment and the health of both humans and wildlife. These impacts include rapid depletion of aquifers, aquatic dead zones caused by excessive fertilizer runoff, increased incidence of numerous cancers associated with certain pesticides, endocrine and reproductive dysfunction in wildlife, rapid depletion and degradation of topsoil, and diminished biodiversity.
Recommended resources on this topic:
Reports & Other Documents
Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change and Health
Environmental Working Group, July 2011.
Assessment of the Effects of Conservation Practices on Cultivated Cropland in the Chesapeake Bay Region
Natural Resources Conservation Service, October 2010 (review draft).
The State of Food and Agriculture 2007: Paying farmers for environmental services
Food and Agriculture Organization (U.N.), 2007.
Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Conservation agriculture: what is it and why is it important for future sustainable food production
P.R. Hobbs. J Agr Sci, April 2007.
How Sustainable Agriculture Can Address the Environmental and Human Health Harms of Industrial Agriculture
L. Horrigan, et al. Environ Health Perspect, May 2002.
Environmental consequences of agricultural development: a case study from the Green Revolution state of Haryana, India
R.B. Singh. Agr Ecosyst Environ, December 2000.
American Farmland Trust
Agriculture and the Environment program.
Center for a Livable Future (Johns Hopkins University)
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Environment and Agriculture program – seeks to enhance the quality of life in rural agricultural communities by promoting conservation-based economic opportunities.
Additional Tools & Resources
Choices – the magazine of food, farm, and resource issues
American Agricultural Economics Association
Non-profit providing environmental information and news on the Internet.
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