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Flawed Metrics

Yet another flawed study criticizes large scale farms and wrongly equates them with greater environmental damage. Kimberly Nicholas of the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) says that most EU agricultural subsidies go to intensively farmed areas that cause the most environmental damage and already have higher incomes. Meanwhile, smaller farms and poorer regions that are “climate-friendly” are insufficiently funded. Cross-referencing the Yale University Environmental Performance Index with farm size reveals the opposite. Not only do larger farms more efficiently utilize resources, they have the capital to invest in environmental mitigation and have greater reputational risk that discourages bad behavior.&n...

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