Recently, agriculture has been severely criticized as a major contributor to environmental pollution. Why has it been singled out as one of the main targets of criticism? There are several reasons. Over 80 percent of the land area in the United States is used by agricultural and forestry interests. A farm population of 10 million persons (about 5 percent of the United States Population) controls the use of most of this land. The manner in which this land is used, directly or indirectly, affects 200 million other Americans.
environmental pollution, environmental quality programs