The tax system can play a key role in private economic decisionmaking. Some economists have argued that we would do better to tax waste (inefficient resource use (energy land and water, garbage, etc.) and things we don’t want (pollution) than the current approach of taxing such things as income, work, and investment (which we want to encourage).
Woodbury County, Iowa believes that offering tax breaks to local farmers willing to make their farms organic could boost their ailling economy, encourage more young people to enter farming, and improve the local environment at the same time. The County Commissioners might be on to something.