Agricultural production has harmed environmental quality primarily because of inadequately designed policies and natural resource projects. Hence, most of the harmful side effects of agriculture can be reduced or eliminated by replacing these 'bad' institutions with policies and projects that create financial (dis)incentives for (un)desirable behavior. Provided appropriate policies are followed, environmental constraints should not keep people from meeting nutritional standards that emphasize more fruits, vegetables, and fish. Nutritional well-being can be achieved with policies and projects that give people sufficient access to food that has been produced with methods that minimize adverse impacts on the environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-229
Number of pages19
JournalFood Policy
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - May 1999


  • Economics
  • Environmental impacts of agriculture
  • Incentives
  • Induced innovation
  • Nutritional well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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