A report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) Education Fund and Frontier Group provides an analysis of the agricultural landscape and concludes that a combination of modern technologies, financial influences, and public policy have led to unintended negative consequences. Reaping What We Sow: How the Practices of Industrial Agriculture Put Our Health and Environment at Risk lays out a roadmap for how policymakers can set agriculture policy on the right course. The report's recommendations include the following: reforming existing crop insurance and renewable fuel programs that drive excessive production of commodity crops; requiring implementation of sustainable farming practices as a prerequisite for farm program benefits; increasing incentives for farm diversification; eliminating the routine use of antibiotics in food animal production; changing existing conservation program incentives regarding manure disposal; holding industrial farms accountable for water pollution; and increasing farm program support for sustainable agriculture practices.
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