In Farmers and Ranchers Do We Trust?

Classroom Lessons about Economics and the Environment

Friday, December 1, 2000

Today farmers and ranchers are being asked, and often required, to carry out the environmental dreams and aspirations of city dwellers with no consideration for what is in the best interest of the farmer/rancher. In the last fifty years, farmers and ranchers have successfully fed the world and saved it from the impending famine predicted by population experts. Must they now continue to feed the world plus satisfy the environmental quality goals established by people who dream of a utopian world from developed urban centers? This seems to be the case.

This set of nine lessons is designed to help middle and high school teachers address controversial environmental issues within the agricultural sector. They help students understand the incentives facing agricultural decision makers as they make choices about food production and the environment.

Download a sample lesson.