Thursday, August 29, 2013

Agriculture and pollution externalities

Since we'll be talking about hog production externalities on Tuesday, here's a short document from NRDC on livestock pollution.

Here is a cool article from Stanford that summarizes the results of a modeling effort related to the environmental externalities of meat production. I like that they discuss the need for interdisciplinary research and propose pricing policy to reflect the true (social) cost of production. That's Pigouvian taxation.
Here is a link to the research article at the Journal of Environmental Modeling and Assessment

More on the topic here from FAO.
Here at the NYT

Here is a report from the Pew Commission that quantifies the external costs of hog production. The good stuff starts on page 18. (warning: graphics-heavy pdf file)

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