Agriculture, Trade, and the Environment: Discovering and Measuring the Critical Linkages

Agriculture, Trade, and the Environment: Discovering and Measuring the Critical Linkages

Agriculture, Trade, and the Environment: Discovering and Measuring the Critical Linkages

Agriculture, Trade, and the Environment: Discovering and Measuring the Critical Linkages

Synopsis

In this timely volume, an international group of economists, trade negotiators, and environmentalists brings diverse perspectives to bear on the contentious issue of international trade and the environment. Providing a conceptual framework to help assess the issues, the contributors discuss three themes: the dimensions of the economic and political linkages of trade and the environment, economic and political linkages in developed countries - as well as the impact of environmental regulations on agricultural competitiveness, and the linkages among trade, economic growth, and the environment in developing nations.

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The International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium (IATRC) is a group of 160 economists from 16 countries who are interested in fostering research relating to international trade of agricultural products and commodities and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas. Each summer the IATRC sponsors a symposium on a topic relating to trade and trade policy from which proceedings are published. A list of past symposia and related publications may be obtained from Laura Bipes, IATRC Executive Director, Department of Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108.

The financial support of the Economic Research Service, the Foreign Agricultural Service and the Cooperative State Research Service of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Canada, and U.S. Agency for International Development and MUCIA, under the auspices of the Environmental and Natural Resources Policy and Training Project, made the conference and this book possible.

The editors acknowledge the help of Laura Bipes of the University of Minnesota for arranging the symposium. A special thanks to Denise Gray of the Economic Research Service for her diligent and timely review of many of the chapters and for suggestions on organization. Cynthia Barnes, Jody Pestle and Judith Harrison provided expert technical and grammatical editing. Finally, Anne Roehlke is thanked for preparing the camera-ready copy of this book, with grace, wisdom, dedication, and a greatly appreciated sense of humor.

Maury E. Bredahl Nicole Ballenger John C. Dunmore Terry L. Roe . . .

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