CHOICES

CHOICES

A publication of AAEA

A publication of AAEA

Opinion Articles

Fisheries Management

An International View on “Correcting the Whimsies of U.S. Fisheries Policy”

3rd Quarter 2016
Viktoria Kahui, Claire W. Armstrong, and Naomi S. Foley
Topic(s): Fisheries; Conservation Policies

Bromley’s (2015) paper “Correcting the Whimsies of U.S. Fisheries Policy” critiques economists’ role in U.S. fisheries policy, but the issues are not unique to the United States. There are alternate valid perspectives regarding the give-away of ITQs, lack of stewardship, resource rent and communities, and criticism of Gordon and Hardin.

Correcting the Whimsies of U.S. Fisheries Policy

4th Quarter 2015
Daniel W. Bromley
Topic(s): Fisheries; Conservation Policies

Fishery policy is based on a false notion of property rights, belief that industry profits measure economic efficiency, and utopian visions of stewardship. These fictions arise from bogus economic models created by a small incestuous group of fishery economists. Public policy demands intellectual integrity.

Land Grant System

Land Grants: Back to the Future

3rd Quarter 2016
Michael V. Martin and Janie Simms Hipp
Topic(s): Agricultural Productivity and Science Policy; Human Capital

The Morrill Act of 1862 provided the legislation to establish the Land Grant College System with a mission of educating the "common person." At this time of income inequality, the 1862 institutions should provide leadership and service to its sister institutions of Tribal Colleges, Historically Black Colleges, and Hispanic Serving Institutions.

Food Democracy

Another Perspective on Understanding Food Democracy

1st Quarter 2016
Brandon R. McFadden and Spiro E. Stefanou
Topic(s): Food Markets and Prices; Food Policies

Conversations about food production are becoming more mainstream and the Food Democracy is partly to thank for that. However, in these conversations, the tradeoffs between various production methods and price are not discussed enough. Society would benefit greatly from an honest discussion about the tradeoffs of different production methods.

Activists Not Always Interested in Advancing Democracy

1st Quarter 2016
Terry Townsend
Topic(s): Food Markets and Prices; Food Policies

Those who demonize modern agricultural production methods are not always advocating for noble social goals as sometimes argued in the food democracy movement. Some are seeking to limit the use of productive technologies in the service of their own market interest. Incentives can be altered by demanding assertions be science-based.

Understanding the Food Democracy Movement

4th Quarter 2015
F. Bailey Norwood
Topic(s): Food Choices and Health; Food Policies

The modern food system is beseted by criticism from numerous angles, though most of the food movements could be grouped under the term ‘Food Democracy’. However diverse as its members may be, there is a theme among Food Democracy activists, and that is an opposition to big corporations in food.