As the most densely populated state in the country, New Jersey is experiencing environmental problems sooner and more severely than other states. We are challenged with issues relating to air, land, and water and to attaining an efficient balance between production activities, the environment, and human health. In addition, agriculture plays a pivotal role in open space preservation, enhancing the quality of life for all our residents. New Jersey has the potential to serve as a model of how to achieve greater harmony between agriculture and the environment. Our state is a microcosm of both the challenges faced at the rural/suburban/urban interface and the mutually beneficial solutions that are possible.
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