||Resource and environmental impacts of trends in U.S. agriculture /
Crosson, Pierre R. ;
||Resources for the Future, Inc., Washington, DC.;Environmental Research Lab., Athens, GA.
|| Environmental Research Laboratory, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ; [Distributed] by National Technical Information Service,
Agricultural productivity--United States. ;
Agricultural pollution--United States. ;
Soil conservation--United States. ;
Agriculture--Economic aspects--United States.
Environmental impacts ;
Land use ;
Water resources ;
Cost analysis ;
Government policies ;
Technology assessment ;
Soil erosion ;
Alternative planning ;
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||xxi, 213 pages ; 28 cm
Trends in demand for U.S. agricultural production and in agricultural technology suggest increasing pressure on the nation's land and water resources over the next several decades. The expected consequences would be rising economic costs of production and damages to the environment. This study analyzes those trends, assesses their economic and environmental impacts and discusses policies for dealing with their impacts. The quantities of land, water and other resources farmers use to increase production depend basically on the kinds of technologies they employ. Two categories of technology are distinguished--land-using technologies and land-saving technologies. Analysis of trends indicates that an additional 60 to 70 million acres will be brought into production and that erosion will emerge as the most serious environmental problem of agriculture.
"May 1983." "PB83-200634." "EPA-600/3-82-031." "Grant no. R8060236010." Includes bibliographical references.