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The economics of regulation in agriculture: compliance with public and private standards.

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This volume investigates the cost implications and competitiveness effects resulting from regulations and standards in the fields of environment, human health and animal welfare and production-linked rules of "good agricultural conditions" for a range of agricultural products in the EU, USA, Canada and New Zealand. Part I of the book (chapters 2-6) highlights changes taking place in developed coun...


Chapter 8 (Page no: 131)

An EU/US perspective on nutrient management policies and growth hormone bans in the beef sector.

This chapter presents an analysis of the compliance costs for beef farmers in the EU and the USA for specific environmental and food safety regulations and the impact this cost increase may have on the competitiveness of beef production on the world market. It is argued that environmental regulations related to protecting water quality can increase farm costs in the beef sector. Among the very different beef production systems existing in the EU and in the USA, intensive large scale finishing farms are most affected by this policy. Food safety policies, including regulations on the use of growth hormones, have effects on all types of beef farms. Compliance costs associated with these policies have a larger effect on farm costs than environmental legislation. Both policies have a significant impact on the international competitiveness of beef on the world market. In particular, a ban on the use of growth hormones in the USA would reduce US world beef exports by 36%.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Introduction. Author(s): Brouwer, F. Fox, G. Jongeneel, R.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 9) The role of cross compliance in greening EU agricultural policy. Author(s): Hart, K. Farmer, M. Baldock, D.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 29) State and federal responses to increasing input intensity in the US. Author(s): Winsten, J. Knight, L. G.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 55) Canadian agricultural environmental policy: from the right to farm to farming right. Author(s): Rajsic, P. Ramlal, E. Fox, G.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 79) Decentralized, outcome oriented management of agricultural environmental issues in New Zealand. Author(s): Meister, A. Beechey, N.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 97) Voluntary certification schemes and legal standards in the EU. Author(s): Jongeneel, R. Herzfeld, T.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 117) Environmental and health standards in the dairy sectors of the EU, the US and New Zealand. Author(s): Bezlepkina, I. Jongeneel, R. Brouwer, F. Dillen, K. Meister, A. Roest, K. de Demont, M.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 147) Good agricultural and environmental conditions in the EU and their implications for international trade in cereals. Author(s): Jongeneel, R. Poux, X. Fox, G.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 165) Trade effects of environmental and animal welfare standards in the hog sectors of the EU, US and Canada. Author(s): Roest, K. de Winsten, J. Rajsic, P. Dillen, K.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 181) Environmental standards in the fruits and vegetables sector of Spain. Author(s): Varela-Ortega, C. Esteve, P.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 197) Evaluating WTO institutions for resolving trade disputes involving non-tariff measures: four cases involving Brazil. Author(s): Miranda, S. H. G. de
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 215) Meeting standards in EU agriculture: the changing policy context. Author(s): Swales, V.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 233) The pollution haven hypothesis and the location of livestock production: two North American case studies. Author(s): Weersink, A.
Chapter: 15 (Page no: 247) Cost effectiveness of sediment abatement policies in potato production: assessing policies in Canada, the Netherlands and the US. Author(s): Jatoe, J. B. D. Weersink, A. Deaton, B. J. Yiridoe, E. K.
Chapter: 16 (Page no: 263) Environmental compliance costs in developed country agricultures: implications for trade and competitiveness. Author(s): Fox, G. Brouwer, F.

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