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A Rotten System: Subsidizing Environmental Degradation and Poor Public Health with Our Nation's Tax Dollars
Stanford Environmental Law Journal (2009)
  • William S Eubanks II
Abstract

This article is a scholarly piece that I wrote as my LL.M. thesis at Vermont Law School. The article thoroughly analyzes the United States Farm Bill to highlight the grave societal implications of buttressing our nation’s industrial agricultural system with ever-larger subsidies. Specifically, this article first provides a brief history of both American agriculture and the Farm Bill before scrutinizing the far-reaching effects of the Farm Bill on rural development, U.S. immigration, international trade, and hunger and poverty in the developing world. Next, the article discusses the Farm Bill’s attempts to implement conservation measures before exposing the failures of such efforts and examining the severe environmental consequences of a subsidized industrial agricultural system. The article then reviews the Farm Bill’s role in U.S. nutritional programs before underscoring the sheer inadequacy of such programs and surveying the deleterious public health impacts caused by our nation’s agricultural policies. Finally, the article concludes by re-centering the discussion on Farm Bill reform by proposing an innovative policy solution that can single-handedly solve many of the problems identified in the preceding chapters.

Keywords
  • Farm Bill,
  • Environment,
  • Public Health,
  • Agriculture,
  • Policy Reform
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring 2009
Publisher Statement
Copyright 2009 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University.
Citation Information
William S Eubanks II. "A Rotten System: Subsidizing Environmental Degradation and Poor Public Health with Our Nation's Tax Dollars" Stanford Environmental Law Journal Vol. 28 Iss. 2 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/william_eubanks/1/