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Pollution breaches by farmers on the rise

Geoff Riley

23rd August 2017

The number of serious pollution breaches in the farming industry is growing as many farmers are unable or unwilling to meet the cost of pollution prevention.

This Guardian article provides an overview of the issue with lots of good examples of negative production externalities. There are worries that the frequency of pollution breaches will increase if farm incomes decline post Brexit along with the rise of industrial farms.

Here is a dramatic example of negative production externalities affecting a farming family.

Additional research here from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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