Why True Cost Accounting is Not a Good Concept for Markets and Public Policy

Farming is the most significant human management system of the planet; the future of humans on the planet largely rests upon how we manage our farmscapes. If we accept this then it has profound implica­tions for agricultural policy for it means that ‘managing the planet’ is almost as an important task of the farming system as supplying food.

Beyond Paris: Avoiding the Trap of Carbon Metrics

Until recently terms like “carbon accounting,” “carbon footprint,” and “carbon offsetting” would have raised some quizzical eyebrows among the general public. Today, such carbon-based metrics are everywhere, but are they helpful or unhelpful in motivating the necessary action on climate change?