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Industrial Agriculture Law and Policy Center: Publications

Edwin Kisiel, "Using Indirect Regulation to Reduce Environmental Damage From Farming," The Environmental Law Reporter 10831 (Sep. 2019).

Anca Padurau and Vytenis Andriukatisi, "From Farm to Fork, EU's Food Rules Fair to All," The Environmental Forum Vol. 36, No. 1 (January/February 2019).

Peter Lehner, "Agronomy: Feeding More with Less," The Environmental Forum Vol. 34, No. 3 (May/June 2017). By redesigning our food system to radically reduce all types of waste from farm to fork, we can meet the challenge of feeding the world without also compromising other human needs and encroaching on valuable remaining habitat.

Margaret Mellon, "Biotechnology: Harvest of Failure," The Environmental Forum Vol. 34, No. 3 (May/June 2017). It is time to take off the rose-colored glasses and see the agricultural biotechnology revolution for the disappointment it is. It has neither reduced pesticide dependence nor improved potential yields or food quality. Fortunately, traditional breeding points the way forward.

Linda Breggin and Bruce Myers, "Tackling the Problem of CAFOs and Climate Change: A New Path to Improved Animal Welfare?" in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? ed. Randall Abate (2015).

Bruce Myers, "Livestock's Hoof Print," The Environmental Forum Vol. 31, No. 2, (March/April 2014). Making the case for elevating the role of livestock, and especially the industrialized production of meat, as a matter of national climate policy. Animal products are associated with almost a fifth of humanity's global warming influence, yet they remain virtually unregulated for environmental impacts. Myers argues that better policies can lead to decreased consumption and increased sustainability. (This piece was reproduced as ELI Policy Brief #8.)

Linda Breggin, “Urban Agriculture Initiatives Grow,” The Environmental Forum Vol. 30, No. 5, (September/October 2013). Examining the prospects for the growth of urban agriculture initiatives and the myriad benefits that they can provide, citing examples from cities around the country.

Linda Breggin and Bruce Myers, "Subsidies with Responsibilities: Placing Stewardship and Disclosure Conditions on Government Payments to Large-Scale Commodity Crop Operations," 37 Harvard Environmental Law Review 487 (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.

David Mehlman, Julie Morse, and Kevin Morse, "Farming for Wildlife: Using the Farm Bill to Create Wetland Habitat on Working Farms," National Wetlands Newsletter Vol 33, No. 1 (2011).

Press on ELI's farm subsidy research:

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.)

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.

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.