2018 AFHVS presidential address
Jessica R. Goldberger ()
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Jessica R. Goldberger: Washington State University
Agriculture and Human Values, 2018, vol. 35, issue 4, 899-904
Abstract In this address I discuss agricultural plastic use and plastic pollution mitigation strategies. I focus on agricultural plastic mulches, which offer many benefits to farmers, such as weed control, better moisture retention, and increased yield. The removal and disposal of widely used polyethylene (PE) plastic mulch, however, have detrimental environmental and health impacts. Are biodegradable plastic mulches a promising alternative? Biodegradable plastic mulches ideally offer the same benefits as PE plastic mulch, but biodegrade in soil or composting environments. I describe social science research findings from a large USDA-funded project focused on the performance and adoptability of biodegradable plastic mulches for U.S. specialty crop production. I also provide agrifood scholars with ideas for future research on plastics.
Keywords: Agriculture; Plastic; Environment; Pollution; Biodegradable mulch (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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