Academic journal article Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

Much Ado about Farming

Academic journal article Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

Much Ado about Farming

Article excerpt

One of the greatest challenges in public policy is to make sure that politicians firmly grasp reality before they take action. Indeed, politicians will often do the right thing if someone helps them cut through the misinformation that weighs on the political process each day.

Jeff Edgens and Sam Staley's "The Myth of Farmland Loss" (FORUM, Fall 1999) makes a contribution to better understanding the debate over farmland loss in two critical areas. First, the article provides a historical perspective on the slowdown in the conversion of U.S. farmland to other uses. Anyone who lives in an area in the throes of suburban development can easily be overwhelmed by the rapid transition from farmland to houses and shopping centers. But the fact remains that, on the national level, conversion of lands from farming to development is occurring at a decreasing rate.

Rather than rely on anecdotal evidence of disappearing farmland, the authors place farmland loss in a broader national and industrial context. Farmland preservation policy is often driven by the belief that urbanization is a general threat to farmland, when in fact, broader trends such as farming profitability and productivity may be even more important. …

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