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Is UK agriculture sustainable? Environmentally adjusted economic accounts for UK agriculture

Hartridge, O.; Pearce, D.; (2001) Is UK agriculture sustainable? Environmentally adjusted economic accounts for UK agriculture. (CSERGE Publications ). Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE): London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Agricultural sectors in most advanced economies have come under severe criticism for lacking the characteristics of 'sustainability'. What is usually meant is that a combination of subsidies and modern farming methods is producing an economically and environmentally non-viable agricultural sector. Using economic valuation techniques, and adjusting for prevailing subsidies, we seek to re-estimate the contribution that the agricultural sector made to the UK economy in the year 1998. The sector is markedly smaller if adjustments are made for subsidies. But these subsidies allow the sector to be a generator of both substantial environmental benefits, and also of extensive environmental damages.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: Is UK agriculture sustainable? Environmentally adjusted economic accounts for UK agriculture
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.cserge.ucl.ac.uk/publications.html
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/17582
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