Subsidizing John Wayne


in Grass

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258396
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944527 | DOI:
Subsidizing John Wayne

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Government subsidies to aid indigent people or elevate corporate profits have become widespread in America, and their dispensation a recurring point of contention among politicians and ordinary people. This chapter discusses the impacts of subsidy on Great Basin rangelands. It also describes a way to expose the hidden subsidies in livestock operations so as to judge long-term sustainability. The method of analysis, using energy output/input ratios, had been used for some time by ecologists to describe how ecosystems function.

Keywords: government subsidies; subsidy; Great Basin; rangelands; livestock; ecosystems

Chapter.  2909 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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