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Amber Waves: The Conomics of Food, Farming, Natural Resources, and Rural America

June 2006

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Photo: Mom with child in shopping cart

by Michael LeBlanc, Biing-Hwan Lin, and David Smallwood

Food assistance programs increase food spending and combat poverty, but their effect on nutrition is more uncertain.


Photo: Housekeeper making bed
Income Volatility Complicates Food Assistance

by Constance Newman

Income volatility is especially high for poorer households, so targeted food assistance programs must account for swings in eligibility.


Photo: Doha meetings in session

Global Agriculture and the Doha Round— Market Access Is the Key

by Anne Effland, Mary Anne Normile, and John Wainio

Includes audio podcast interview

Despite benefits of freer trade, high agricultural tariffs remain a sticking point in suspended Doha Round trade talks.


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Agricultural Policy Affects Land Use and the Environment

by Ruben N. Lubowski, Roger Claassen, and Michael J. Roberts

Policies that shift less productive cropland in and out of cultivation may have larger than anticipated environmental effects.