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

November 2007

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Photo:  Basket full of food labels

by Elise Golan, Fred Kuchler, and Barry Krissoff

Includes audio podcast interview

The economics behind food labeling provides insight into the dynamics of voluntary and mandatory food labeling and the influence labeling has on consumers’ food choices.

Photo: Aerial view of farmland
Integrating Conservation and Commodity Program Payments: A Look at the Tradeoffs

by Roger Claassen and Marcel Aillery

A single payment program that supports farm businesses while encouraging environmentally sound farming practices could work, but with tradeoffs.

Photo: Sugar plant in Brazil

The Future of Biofuels: A Global Perspective

by William Coyle

Biofuels will likely be part of a portfolio of solutions to high energy prices, including conservation, more efficient energy use, and use of other alternative fuels.

Photo: Tractors moving across farmland

Cropland Concentrating Faster Where Payments Are Higher

by Nigel Key and Michael J. Roberts

Research examines whether areas that had received higher program payments per cropland acre experienced faster or slower growth in the concentration of production than areas with lower or zero payments.