Wreaking Environmental Harm

By Daniel Griswold While many farmers are conscientious stewards of the environment, the incentives of U.S. agricultural policies can lead to practices that damage the…

The Shifting Roles of NGOs

By Brijesh Nalinakumari & Richard MacLean Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) used to be gadflies and outsiders challenging businesses and governments (think Greenpeace and Public Citizen, for…

Chili Power

African elephants are not only majestic animals, but also cropraiding nuisances, endangering human lives and livelihoods. Conservation groups have determined that in order to protect…

At Home in Debris

Typically in the past, rural and suburban landowners had no trouble taking care of their seasonal accumulations of brush, branches, dead leaves, and other organic…

Down on the Farm

In a 100-acre Iowa farm field, hemmed in by electrical fencing, 2,000 pigs are contentedly doing whatever pigs do. The farmer who owns them, Paul…

Your Pants Are Made of What?

What is the world coming to when Diane Von Furstenberg, Halston, and Oscar de la Renta are using materials made from wood pulp, bamboo, corn…

A Cautionary Tale

By Daniel K. Benjamin Over the last decade, the precautionary principle –"better safe than sorry"– often has been invoked to justify government regulatory action. According…

Open Access:

By Terry L. Anderson Those who know me will not be surprised by the topic of this column, given that hunting season is in full…

Letters to the Editor

Don’t Forget History I am a long-time subscriber to PERC Reports and enjoy reading each issue. But I object to the premise implied in “Betting…