Beyond Food: The Environmental Benefits of Agriculture in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

The natural capital in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, provides a robust flow of essential economic goods and services benefits, including food, water, clean air, natural beauty, climatic stability, storm and flood protection, and recreation. Agricultural lands make up over 65% of the ecosystems in Lancaster County, which is the first county in the nation to reach 100,000 acres of preserved farmland. This analysis identified the natural capital from farmland preservation at $676 million in annual economic benefits. If treated like an asset, Lancaster County ecosystems value at $17.5 billion.

Author: 
Aaron Schwartz
Maya Kocian
Publisher: 
Tacoma, WA: Earth Economics
Page Numbers: 
48
Publication Date: 
July 1, 2014
Literature Category: 
Reports and Studies