Volume 26, No.3, Fall 2008

Features

Donald Leal
A few hard tugs on my line prompted me to set the hook on the hungry fish. I remember the struggle I had reeling in the hefty halibut from a depth of 150 feet.
Mike Norton-Griffiths
The skyrocketing price of oil and basic foodstuffs has captured worldwide attention. In Africa especially, it has prompted questions concerning the low economic returns to land under agricultural production; the lack of investment in agricultural infrastructure, technology, and education; the poor standards of land management; and the seeming inability of African farmers to respond efficiently to economic opportunities in domestic and world markets.
There is a crossroads in Texas. Down along the Mexican border, in a four-county area, sits the Lower Rio Grande Valley—a merger of tropics and subtropics.
Bruce Yandle
In the late 1990s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began encouraging the use of market forces to improve water quality in rivers, streams, and coastal waters.
Jeff Bennett
Desertification is occurring in almost 30 percent of China and salinization affects 10 percent of the nation.

Web Exclusives

Brandon Scarborough
Ethanol was once touted as a panacea to high fuel costs, energy independence, and even global warming. Now, after billions of taxpayer dollars and government mandates for its use, ethanol has become the usual suspect in global food shortages, skyrocketing food prices, and increased environmental degradation.
Randy Simmons
On July 31 Milton Friedman would have turned 96. Why should you care? Because the revolutionary Nobel prize winning economist did more than any other person of his generation to advance his belief in freedom, free markets, and prosperity.

Columns

Terry Anderson
Economists devote page upon page of their textbooks to discussions of “public goods,” arguing that markets won’t supply them.
Daniel Benjamin
Economist, n. a scoundrel whose faulty vision sees things as they really are, not as they ought to be. —after Ambrose Bierce

Perspectives

Linda Platts
While wealthy industrialized countries are struggling to convince their populations to adopt solar energy, dozens of villagers in rural Laos are standing in line to sign up with a small energy company that provides solar power.
Linda Platts
On the European front, a battle is raging over the rights to the title of first ecological nightclub.
Linda Platts
When America’s favorite and most garish eateries begin serving burgers made from grass-fed beef at the drive-through window, prepare for a revolution.
Reed Watson
On July 18, Kevin Conatser became the poster child for trespassing fishermen everywhere. He earned that reputation when the Utah Supreme Court ruled that public ownership of state waters gave him—and every other Utah resident—the right to stand, wade, and fish on the privately owned stream beds beneath those waters.
Edward Glaeser
Political movements are often built on literary foundations. Books, fiction or not, have the power to convince us impressionable readers that we face dire threats, such as unclean meat or pesticides.