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The 1979 publication Where Have All the Farmlands Gone? by the National Agricultural Lands Study painted a bleak future for American farmlands. Threatened by encroaching construction and soil erosion, these lands were seen as endangered—and as the direct prelude to a nationwide shortage of both food and fiber. The NALS report, to which eleven federal agencies contributed, argued that landuse planning and control must be employed to protect valuable farmland from “urban sprawl.”

First published in 1984, this collection of essays by a distinguished group of economists, including Theodore W. Schultz, Julian L. Simon, and Pierre Crosson, takes issue with the belief that croplands need governmental protection. Rather, the collection as a whole supports two theses: 1) shrinking farm acreage is not a serious problem, and 2) individual choices by landowners in a free market setting result in betterorganized land use than would governmental landuse planning and regulation.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. 1: The Issues
  2. Pierre Crosson
  3. pp. 1-16
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  1. 2: The Market Allocation of Land to Agriculture
  2. B. Delworth Gardner
  3. pp. 17-30
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  1. 3: Reexamining the "Shrinking" Farmland Crisis
  2. Clifton B. Luttrell
  3. pp. 31-44
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  1. 4: The Dynamics of Soil Erosion in the United States
  2. Theodore W. Schultz
  3. pp. 45-58
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  1. 5: Some False Notions about Farmland Preservation
  2. Julian L. Simon
  3. pp. 59-78
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  1. 6: Urban Development and Agricultural Land Markets
  2. William Fischel
  3. pp. 79-98
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  1. 7: Lessons from the Economic Calculation Debate
  2. E. C. Pasour, Jr.
  3. pp. 99-112
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  1. 8: Agricultural Zoning: A Private Alternative
  2. Robert H. Nelson
  3. pp. 113-144
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  1. 9: Regulating Agricultural Land Use
  2. John Baden
  3. pp. 145-160
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780700630707
Related ISBN
9780700602537
MARC Record
OCLC
1228476287
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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