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2007 Policy #01 Agriculture Top Books

Earth Policy #1: Agriculture

A Listmania! list by Robert David STEELE Vivas (Oakton, VA United States)
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The list author says: “There are ten threats, twelve policies, and eight players other than the EU and USA that matter if we are to get a grip on our future. Each of these 30 topics is addressed at www.earth-intelligence.net, and in Amazon discussion groups being created to bring together authors and readers to form a global information sharing network that will be superior to what secret intelligence and secret government bureaucracies can put together. This is how we save Humanity and our Earth–by taking back the power over relevant information and the policies that have here-to-fore been dominated by special interests instead of ourselves, the taxpayers and end-users.”
Diet for a Small Planet
1.  Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe
The list author says:
“The single most important book that relates what we eat to how long our species might survive.”
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Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet
2.  Hope’s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe
The list author says:
“Follow on.  See also her Democracy’s Edge and her forthcoming Getting a Grip.”
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Diet For A Dead Planet: How The Food Industry Is Killing Us
3.  Diet For A Dead Planet: How The Food Industry Is Killing Us by Christopher D. Cook
The list author says:
“Diet for a Small Planet by Francis Moore Lappe is the original, but this adds to the general weight of her message.”
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Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy: History of a Paradigm Change (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics)
4.  Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy: History of a Paradigm Change (Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics) by Isabelle Garzon
The list author says:
“Lessons for USA?”
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At Loggerheads?: Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction, And Environment in the Tropical Forests (World Bank Policy Research Report) (Policy Research Reports)
5.  At Loggerheads?: Agricultural Expansion, Poverty Reduction, And Environment in the Tropical Forests (World Bank Policy Research Report) (Policy Research Reports) by Kenneth M. Chomitz
The list author says:
“It’s all connected.”
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Modeling Economic Management and Policy Issues of Water in Irrigated Agriculture
6.  Modeling Economic Management and Policy Issues of Water in Irrigated Agriculture by Ariel Dinar
The list author says:
“It’s all connected.  Israel is stealing half the Arab aquifers to support an agricultural industry that uses 50% of the water to produce 5% of the GDP.  Nuts.  So also are America and India dropping their aquifers by a meter a year for no good reason other than political stupidity and lethargy.”
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Elements of Agricultural Trade Policies
7.  Elements of Agricultural Trade Policies by James P. Houck
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“Useful for basdic understanding.”
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Food Is Different: Why the WTO Should Get out of Agriculture (Global Issues)
8.  Food Is Different: Why the WTO Should Get out of Agriculture (Global Issues) by Peter M. Rosset
The list author says:
“WTO should get out of EVERYTHING!”
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Agroecology: The Scientific Basis Of Alternative Agriculture (Westview Special Studies in Agriculture Science and Policy)
9.  Agroecology: The Scientific Basis Of Alternative Agriculture (Westview Special Studies in Agriculture Science and Policy) by Miguel A. Altieri
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“Very importance.  See also books like The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawkin.”
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Economics of Resources, Agriculture and Food
10.  Economics of Resources, Agriculture and Food by Wesley D. Seitz
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“Useful integration.”
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The Politics of Precaution: Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries (International Food Policy Research Institute)
11.  The Politics of Precaution: Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries (International Food Policy Research Institute) by Robert L. Paarlberg
The list author says:
“It’s not precaution.  Monsanto is screwing the Third World by developing crops that do not reproduce seed.  They are destroying centuries of nature in order to achieve profitable quarters.  This is not just nuts, it is criminal.”
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Raising Less Corn, More Hell: Why Our Economy, Ecology and Security Demand The Preservation of the Independent Farm
12.  Raising Less Corn, More Hell: Why Our Economy, Ecology and Security Demand The Preservation of the Independent Farm by George Pyle
The list author says:
“Worthy!”
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Agricultural Policy Reform: Politics and Process in the Eu and Us 1990s (Global Environmental Governance)
13.  Agricultural Policy Reform: Politics and Process in the Eu and Us 1990s (Global Environmental Governance) by H. Wayne Moyer
The list author says:
“Lessons for all.”
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Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Advances in Agroecology)
14.  Agroforestry in Sustainable Agricultural Systems (Advances in Agroecology) by Louise E. Buck
The list author says:
“Biodiversity and crop rotation, as well as deep root farming, are all part of the deal.”
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The Revolution Within the Revolution: Workers' Control in Rural Portugal
15.  The Revolution Within the Revolution: Workers’ Control in Rural Portugal by Nancy Gina Bermeo
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“Worker control and worker benefits including health and a living wage have a huge impact on agricultural productivity.”
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Global Governance Of Food And Agriculture Industries: Transatlantic Regulatory Harmonization and Multilateral Policy Cooperation for Food Safety
16.  Global Governance Of Food And Agriculture Industries: Transatlantic Regulatory Harmonization and Multilateral Policy Cooperation for Food Safety by Reba A. Carruth
The list author says:
“Scary stuff.  Much better to be locally self-sufficient and avoid the preservatives, the taxes, and the regulations while having enough to eat even if the rest of the country collapses.”
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Knowledge Generation and Technical Change: Institutional Innovation in Agriculture (Natural Resource Management and Policy)
17.  Knowledge Generation and Technical Change: Institutional Innovation in Agriculture (Natural Resource Management and Policy) by Steven Wolf
The list author says:
“Definitely worth reading.”
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Private Interests, Public Policy, and American Agriculture
18.  Private Interests, Public Policy, and American Agriculture by William Paul Browne
The list author says:
“Privatizxation of profit, externalization of cost, and the double screwing of the commonwealth.”
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Cultivating Congress: Constituents, Issues, and Interests in Agricultural Policymaking
19.  Cultivating Congress: Constituents, Issues, and Interests in Agricultural Policymaking by William Paul Browne
The list author says:
“Bribes, balony, babes, and more bribes.”
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Environmental Policies for Agricultural Pollution Control (Cabi)
20.  Environmental Policies for Agricultural Pollution Control (Cabi) by James S Shortle
The list author says:
“Very scary.  Remember the spinach poisoned by pig feces in the next field?”
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This Land is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World
21.  This Land is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World by Evaggelos Vallianatos
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“Totally agree.  Absentee landlords should not be tolerated.”
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Agriculture under the Common Agricultural Policy: A geography
22.  Agriculture under the Common Agricultural Policy: A geography by Ian R. Bowler
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“Thought-provoking.”
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Inventing Indigenous Knowledge: Archaeology, Rural Development and the Raised Field Rehabilitation Project in Bolivia (Indigenous Peoples and Politics)
23.  Inventing Indigenous Knowledge: Archaeology, Rural Development and the Raised Field Rehabilitation Project in Bolivia (Indigenous Peoples and Politics) by Lynn Swartley
The list author says:
“The people Columbus met in the Americas knew more about natural farming than we have learned or destroyed since then.”
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Nature, Value, Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III (The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics) (v. 3)
24.  Nature, Value, Duty: Life on Earth with Holmes Rolston, III (The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics) (v. 3) by Christopher J. Preston
The list author says:
“Ethical perspectives.”
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Fearing Food: Risk, Health and Environment
25.  Fearing Food: Risk, Health and Environment by Julian Morris
The list author says:
“Food security takes many forms.”
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The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America's Food Supply
26.  The Meat You Eat: How Corporate Farming Has Endangered America’s Food Supply by Kenneth Midkiff
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“More of a warning.  See also Diet for a Small Planet.”
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Handbook of Agricultural Economics, Volume 2B: Agricultural and Food Policy
27.  Handbook of Agricultural Economics, Volume 2B: Agricultural and Food Policy by Bruce L. Gardner
The list author says:
“Basic overview.”
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Public Values, Private Lands: Farmland Preservation Policy, 1933-1985
28.  Public Values, Private Lands: Farmland Preservation Policy, 1933-1985 by Tim Lehman
The list author says:
“Or how about taking back all the public lands sold for pennies under archaic laws?”
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Agricultural Policies in the EU and US- A Comparison of Policy Objectives and their Realization
29.  Agricultural Policies in the EU and US- A Comparison of Policy Objectives and their Realization by Dieter Haas
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“Useful.”
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Agricultural Research Policy in an Era of Privatization
30.  Agricultural Research Policy in an Era of Privatization by Derek Byerlee
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“Worth factoring in.”
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2007 Policy #01 Agriculture Top Centers

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U.S. Department of Agricultureexternal link
Official U.S. Government site. Includes marketing and trade, research and science, education and outreach information. Also provides news, announcements and events. 1

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policyexternal link
U.S.-based organization. In 1986, IATP began documenting the underlying causes of America’s rural crisis and proposing policies that would benefit farmers, consumers, rural communities and the environment. IATP works with organizations around the world to analyze how global trade agreements impact domestic farm and food policies. Alongside a global coalition, IATP advocates for fair trade policies that promote strong health standards, labor and human rights, the environment and, most fundamentally, democratic institutions. 2

Agricultural Policy Analysis Centerexternal link
University of Tennessee – examines policies, regulations & conditions that affect how farmers operate their business and how the agriculture sector performs. Site includes policy columns, publications, including “Rethinking U.S. AG Policy,” and a listing of research areas and tools. 3

Food and Agricultural Policy Research Instituteexternal link
Iowa State University -FAPRI prepares baseline projections each year for the U.S. agricultural sector and international commodity markets. The multi-year projections are published as FAPRI Outlooks, which provide a starting point for evaluating and comparing scenarios involving macroeconomic, policy, weather, and technology variables. These projections are intended for use by farmers, government agencies and officials, agribusinesses, and others who do medium-range and long-term planning. One of several useful tools is the FAPRI Searchable Policy Database, which allows users to display and download agricultural policy data from the latest FAPRI Outlook. 4

National Center for Food and Agricultural Policyexternal link
Washington, D.C.- based NCFAP fosters and conducts objective, non-advocacy research, analysis, and education to inform public policy on food, agriculture, natural resources, environmental quality, and rural economics. Through partnerships with a network of universities, federal agencies, and other institutions, it accesses the most appropriate data, analysis and expertise for the policy issues at hand, and molds the resulting information into products and services to inform policy. Stakeholders are provided a balanced perspective on the likely outcomes of alternative policy approaches, including how gains and losses are distributed. 5

Organic Consumers Associationexternal link
The Organic Consumers Association is a public interest organization dedicated to promoting health, justice and sustainability. A central focus of the OCA is building a healthy, equitable, and sustainable system of food production and consumption. OCA is a global clearinghouse for information and grassroots technical assistance. OCA works with a broad range of public interest organizations to challenge industrial agriculture, corporate globalization, and the Wal-Martization of the economy, and inspire consumers to “Buy Local, Organic, and Fair Made.” 6

FAO: Agriculture 21external link
Official U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization site. Includes a news magazine plus guides and links to information on livestock, biotechnology, land/water development, crop production, plant protection, and agricultural support systems. Very broad and deep site that includes the World Agricultural Information Centre Portal. 7

International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Councilexternal link
IPC promotes a more open and equitable global food system by pursuing pragmatic trade and development policies in food and agriculture to meet the world’s growing needs. IPC convenes influential policymakers, agribusiness executives, farm leaders, and academics from developed and developing countries to clarify complex issues, build consensus, and to advocate policies to decision-makers. 8

Eldis Agriculture Resource Guideexternal link
Extensive site with documents and feature articles from a wide variety of international sources. Site also includes “quick access” to several agriculture-related topics. 9

Cairns Groupexternal link
The Cairns Group is a coalition of 18 agricultural exporting countries, a diverse coalition bringing together developed and developing countries from Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. The Cairns Group’s objectives include deep cuts to all tariffs (including tariff peaks) and removal of tariff escalation, the elimination of all trade-distorting domestic subsidies, and the elimination of export subsidies and clear rules to prevent circumvention of export subsidy commitments. 10

EurActiv-CAP Reform Policy Sectionexternal link
EurActiv.com is the independent media portal fully dedicated to EU affairs. The CAP Reform Policy Section looks at current news and analysis of efforts to update and reform the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy. 11

Global Policy Forum – Agricultural Subsidiesexternal link
Rich countries spend billions subsidizing their agricultural sector, leading to chronic overproduction and dumping surpluses on global markets. Poor countries demand reform of this trade practice that impoverishes small-scale farmers while enriching large agri-business. Site provides current and archived articles on the topic along with links to related sites. 12

kickAASexternal link
Kick All Agricultural Subsidies – UK anti-subsidy blog established by the Guardian Unlimited and “aimed at kicking into oblivion all agricultural subsidies.” 13

SouthDevelopmentexternal link
South Development provides information, news and reports by D3E, covering sustainability and development issues in Latin America. D3E (Development, Ecology, Economy, Equity) is an initiative of CLAES (Latin American Center of Social Ecology). 14

World Agroforestry Centreexternal link
An autonomous, non-profit international organization whose purpose is to help mitigate tropical deforestation, land depletion and rural poverty through improved agroforestry systems. WAC conducts strategic and applied research, in partnership with national institutions, aimed at developing appropriate agroforestry technologies for more sustainable and productive land use. Includes news reports on agroforestry related issues around the world. 15