U.S. sustainability policies and laws (and regulations) advance the sustainability of our nation’s agricultural and forest systems in a variety of ways.
Public sustainability policies address not only agriculture’s impact on the environment, but also such related topics as worker safety, biodiversity and the safety of genetically modified crops.
In this section (see right-hand column), you will find U.S. sustainability laws and policies representing some of the major federal laws, with references to state-level laws in some cases, that affect the crop, livestock, seafood and forestry sectors. In general, these laws either mandate particular actions to safeguard a sustainable environment or prohibit adverse actions. Most of the policies are administered by either the Environmental Protection Agency or one of the agencies of the Department of Agriculture, but several other federal departments also have the leading role on particular sustainability policies. The summaries are accurate as of late 2014, and include changes made to several programs by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 farm bill).
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Related: documents and links to various resources regarding sustainability policies and practices that you may find useful, including the 2016 National Indicators Report, an article defining sustainability, and a report about creating a sustainable food future.