Integrating Environmental and Agricultural Policy: A North American Perspective
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Environmental policy and management in North America increasingly are rooted in an ecosystem management philosophy that emphasizes integrations of ecological, economic, and social factors. This integrative orientation implies agriculture should be considered in ecosystem management solutions, but often this is not the case. Agricultural policies typically seek to maintain independent ownership units while environmental policies increasingly strive to foster interdependence among ownerships. This paper argues that these apparently conflicting policy goals might be reconciled without sacrificing the integrity of individual farms and ranches if policy initiatives are designed to maintain a dynamic tension between basic human needs to maintain territories and to form communities.
Brunson, M.W. 1997. Integrating environmental and agricultural policy: a North American perspective. Pp. 493-497 in J. Buchanan-Smith, L.D. Bailey & P. McCaughey, eds. Proceedings of the XVIII International Grassland Congress (Volume 3). Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Association Management Centre.