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Political Science General

Agricultural Policy, Agribusiness, and Rent-Seeking Behaviour, Third Edition

by (author) Andrew Schmitz, Charles Moss, Troy G. Schmitz, G. Cornelis van Kooten & H. Carole Schmitz

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
General, General, Environmental Policy
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Apr 2022
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Costing billions of dollars annually, international trade in agricultural products is impactful and influenced by several factors, including climate change, food policy, and government legislation. The third edition of Agricultural Policy, Agribusiness, and Rent-Seeking Behaviour provides comprehensive economic analyses of the policies that affect agriculture and agribusiness in Canada and the United States.


Looking at current agricultural policies, the third edition includes new chapters on food pyramids, climate change, and GMOs, while also highlighting the effect of international policies on Canadian trade, including the problematic US ethanol policy. The new edition addresses current issues, including how the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected agricultural value chains and played a hand in the ongoing growth in opioid use.


Including a number of key findings, and discussing current debates on topics including foreign ownership of Canadian farmland, Agricultural Policy, Agribusiness, and Rent-Seeking Behaviour will appeal to students in agricultural economics and policy, as well as policymakers, agricultural firms, energy companies, and readers wishing to reduce their nation’s carbon footprint.

About the authors

Andrew Schmitz is a Ben Hill Griffin Jr. Eminent Scholar and professor of Food and Resource Economics at the University of Florida.

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A principal of the oldest motion picture theater company in the US, CHARLES B. MOSS JR. lives in New York with his wife Ann, an art consultant. They are participants in both the New York Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. Charley’s favorite movie is All That Jazz and Ann’s is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Troy G. Schmitz is an associate professor in the Morrison School of Agribusiness and the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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G. Cornelis van Kooten is a professor in the Department of Economics and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Studies & Climate at the University of Victoria.

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H. Carole Schmitz is a freelance journalist writing on economics.

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