Industrial Agriculture Law and Policy Center
Linda Breggin, Bruce Myers, and Meredith Wilensky, "It's Time to Put a Price Tag on the Environmental Impacts of Commodity Crop Agriculture," 43 Environmental Law Reporter 10130 (Feb. 2013). Arguing for the need to quantify the environmental harms associated with the production of commodity crops.
Linda Breggin, Bruce Myers, and Zach Jylkka. Subsidies with Responsibilities: Placing Stewardship and Disclosure Conditions on Government Payments to Large-Scale Commodity Crop Operations. Envtl. L. Inst. (June 2012). [Updated and modified version to be published as an article in the Harvard Envtl. L. Rev. (forthcoming summer 2013).]
Recommending that large-scale commodity crop operations that opt to receive any form of federal farm subsidy, including subsidized crop insurance, be assigned responsibility for: putting in place basic measures to reduce water pollution from fertilizer runoff; and disclosing information to the public about the quantity, type, and timing of fertilizers they apply. Runoff from the production of major commodity crops such as corn, soybeans, and wheat can contribute significantly to downstream water pollution. Many farming operations already implement stewardship measures, yet nutrient pollution remains a national problem.
Press on the farm subsidy report:
“Use agriculture rules, not environmental regs to curb farm runoff -- report,” by Amanda Peterka, E&E reporter, Environment & Energy Daily, June 28, 2012 (Copyright 2012 Environment and Energy Publishing LLC. Reprinted with permission.)
“Institute’s Report Urges Large-Scale Farmers Receiving Subsidies to Limit Nutrient Runoff,” Daily Environmental Report, 126 DEN A-10, July 2, 2012 (Copyright 2012 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033) http://www.bna.com. Reprinted with permission.)
“Senators Add Conservation Requirements To Crop Insurance In Farm Bill,” Inside EPA’s Water Policy Report, Vol. 21, No. 14, July 2, 2012 (Copyright 2012 Inside Washington Publishers. Reprinted with permission.)
Bruce Myers, "The Adverse Effects of Animal Husbandry," The Environmental Forum Vol. 29, No. 3, (May/June 2012). Highlighting legal issues surrounding industrial agriculture and introducing ELI's Industrial Agricultural Law and Policy Center.
Public Presentations and Convening
Center staff regularly conduct educational activities. These typically explain the impacts of industrial agricultural practices on the environment, as well as the opportunities for—and obstacles to—responding to those impacts through law and policy. Public presentations and convening activities include:
"Animal Factories & Antibiotic Resistance: What's at Stake and What's Being Done to Turn the Tide?" 31st Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Eugene, OR (2013).
"Agriculture and Environmental Protection: The 2012 Farm Bill and Beyond," National Teleconference hosted by ELI and featuring expert panelists (2012). A description of the event is here. An audio recording of the seminar is available here.
"Sustainability and Ethics of Animal Farming Practices," Working in the Public Interest (WIPI) Conference, University of Georgia Law School, Athens, GA (2012).
"Factory Farming: Environmental Consequences and Legal Responses," Third Annual Animal Law Section CLE, Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans, LA (2011).
"Old MacDonald Had a Factory? Environmental and Animal Welfare Impacts of Factory Farms," event at Drexel University Law School, sponsored by the Drexel Law Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Drexel Environmental Law Society, Philadelphia, PA (2011).
"Animal Factories and Commodity Crops: Legal Approaches for Combating the Environmental Harms," 29th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Eugene, OR (2011).
"Using Environmental Laws to Crack Down on Animal Agriculture," 18th Annual Animal Law Conference at Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, OR (2010).
"Charting a Course for the Protection of Farmed Animals: Legal and Economic Approaches," conference on the Future of Animal Law, sponsored by the Animal Legal Defense Fund, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (2010).