Title

Policy Implications of Alternative Agriculture

Abstract

This paper suggests that there has been a small shift in American agricultural practices, and more importantly in policy making in this area, toward what can be called organic or alternative agriculture. These policy changes are partially due to triggering devices, exogenous forces that have led to changes in the policy agenda. Two major exogenous factors are reviewed–the energy "crisis" and environmental factors. Both sets of forces have resulted in farmers beginning to turn to alternative agricultural techniques, in government officials changing their attitudes about alternative agriculture, and new research activities in this direction being undertaken by various government bodies.

Department(s)

Political Science

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-0072.1980.tb01279.x

Publication Date

1980

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