The theme of the 1987/88 annual review of the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy (NCFAP) specifically considers that while the world in which agricultural policy operates has changed dramatically over the decades, agricultural policies have not taken account of those changes in any fundamental way. Originally published in 1988, this volume examines the setting in which U.S. agriculture finds itself and suggests an agenda for future policy. This title is a valuable resource for students interested in environmental studies, agricultural practices, and national policy.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction; Part 1: The Foundation of U.S. Agricultural Policy; 2. The Current Debate and Economic Rationale for U.S. Agricultural Policy 3. The Philosophical Rationale for U.S. Agricultural Policy; Part 2: The International Setting; 4. An Independent and Fragile Global Economy 5. Brighter Prospects for Agricultural Trade 6. International Agricultural Negotiations: The United States and the European Community Square Off Part 3: The Domestic Setting; 7. Consumer Demands: A Balancing Act 8. The Changing Face of Rural America 9. The Fragmented and Meandering Politics of Agriculture; Part 4: The Environmental and Technological Setting; 10. Agricultural Information and technology: A Continuum of Change 11. Land and Water: Will There Be Enough for Agriculture? 12. Some Rays of Hope for Agriculture and the Environment 13. Global Climate Change Holds Problems and Uncertainties for Agriculture; Part 5: Summary and Conclusions; 14. An Agenda for the Future; About the Authors