This Policy Note outlines how the environmental performance of agricultural BMPs can be estimated, and what steps are necessary for improving these estimations--both important elements for effectively allocating conservation funding. This Policy Note sets forth the following recommendations:
This policy note addresses the following questions:
Can reverse auctions be used to achieve cost-effective improvements in environmental quality?
What policies are needed so that reforms in agricultural subsidies in developed countries can translate into real benefits for poor farmers and for the environment in developing countries?
Agriculture and Climate Change: The Policy Context is the first in a series of two Farm Bill Policy Notes that look at opportunities and reasons for the U.S. agriculture industry to participate in climate policy discussions. This note analyzes the impact of climate change on U.S.
This paper analyzes the effects of developed-country agricultural subsidies on the environment and on poverty, particularly in developing countries.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) passed as part of Energy Policy Act (EPACT) of 2005 mandates that the U.S. produce 7.5 billion gallons of ethanol per year by 2012, but market conditions suggest that this level of production may be significantly exceeded by that year.
This Policy Note outlines economic and "fairness" reasons why supporting the sale of the cost-share portion of agricultural nutrient and sediment reductions is not the most appropriate policy for the USDA and other government agencies to adopt.
REMARKS BY JONATHAN LASH ON DECEMBER 14, 2005
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Developing countries in Asia face the same challenge from modern biotechnology that other regions, nations and societies do: How does one maximize the potential benefits of a technology as powerful and pervasive as this and at the same time ensure that effective measures and
The WRI White Paper "Designing Genes" explores the intersection of two critical, but rarely juxtaposed science and policy issues: the path to U.S. agricultural sustainability and the future of genetically engineered (GE) crops. These two issues meet in the U.S.
WRI's business case studies go deeper into some of the most promising projects represented in the Digital Dividend Clearinghouse, providing detailed description and analysis of each business model, the market segment in which it operates, its successes and challenges, potential replicability and
The Dead Zone is an hypoxic or oxygen-depleted zone in the Gulf of Mexico that is largely attributed to the loss of nitrogen from agricultural land in the Mississippi River Basin.
Gives an overview of the emerging global regime on genetic resources, with a special emphasis on its implications for local and impoverished communities worldwide.
A "green" transformation is currently sprouting in the food and agriculture industry in many parts of the world.
This paper is one of a series of REPSI “working papers” that seeks to illuminate the cutting-edge issues, challenges, and opportunities of natural resource management in the region’s uplands.
The PAGE Agroecosystems study analyzed qualitative and quantitative indicators of the condition of the world's agroecosystems in terms of the delivery of a number of key goods and services valued by society.
If the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change were ratified by the U.S. Senate and a national program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions put in place, some studies have suggested that American farmers would suffer dire economic consequences.
Biodiversity is a fundamental basis for agricultural production and food security, as well as a valuable ingredient of environmental conservation.
The world's farmers face a major challenge achieving food security for 5.7 billion people while producing crops sustainably.