Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Members in the News: Chen, Glauber, Frisvold, Fan, Zhang, and Xiong

Joyce Chen, The Ohio State University
Rising sea levels are making traditional ways of life impossible. Rural Bangladeshis are having to adapt to survive.
By: BBC - September 2, 2019
“The climate is becoming more volatile so we are seeing higher frequency of migration,” says Joyce Chen, an economist at The Ohio State University. “Where in the past we see migration due to annual flooding, or river bank erosion, now we see saltwater intrusion more commonly which affects the environment long term. It makes it harder to grow crops because the land is permanently altered by the saline water.” In the past, he says, people could go to work in the city for a few months while the land was flooded and return when the flood had retreated. Now that is no longer possible. “People realise it is not viable to stay.”
Read more on: BBC

Joseph Glauber, International Food Policy Research Institute
U.S.-China trade war is fueling the Amazon's raging fires
By: CBS News - August 27, 2019
"The overall pressures of pasture land conversion into cropland have continued," said Joseph Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute. "Indirectly, it does have the effect of putting pressure on forest."
Read more on: CBS News

George Frisvold, University of Arizona
Arizona cotton, pecan growers casualties of trade war with China
By: Arizona Daily Star - August 24, 2019
George Frisvold, a professor in the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture, said in theory, some of the tariff costs will be absorbed by importers.
“But most of the studies I’ve seen so far is that almost all of the cost of the tariffs is being pushed on U.S. consumers,” said Frisvold, who in the mid-1990s served on the senior staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers with responsibility for agricultural, natural resource and international trade issues.
Read more on: Arizona Daily Star

Shenggen Fan, International Food Policy Research Institute
Kathleen Rogers and Shenggen Fan: To tackle climate change, we need to rethink our food system
Written by Kathleen Rogers and Shenggen Fan: The Cap Times - August 24, 2019
The way we produce, consume and discard food is no longer sustainable. That much is clear from the newly released UN climate change report which warns that we must rethink how we produce our food — and quickly — to avoid the most devastating impacts of global food production, including massive deforestation, staggering biodiversity loss and accelerating climate change.
Read more on: The Cap Times

Wendong Zhang, Iowa State University
Tao Xiong, Huazhong Agricultural University
Chinese Demand for Pork Rises with African Swine Fever, but U.S. Not a Major Supplier
By: KIWA Radio - August 23, 2019
The authors of the article, Wendong Zhang, assistant professor and extension economist at Iowa State, and Tao Xiong, associate professor of agricultural economics and management and a visiting CARD scholar at Iowa State, examine the impact of the current trade war with China, and also trade agreements from the past, as well as improvements in European transportation, which has led to increased purchases from those countries.
“A closer examination of the global meat trade reveals that Europe, not the U.S., benefits most from China’s growing demand due to ASF,” according to the authors, who acknowledge this is in part due to China’s better transportation system for reaching Europe via the new Belt and Road Initiative.
Read more on: KIWA Radio

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*Articles in response to the AAEA Communicating Out Strategy Press Releases highlighting: Government Relations, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Choices Magazine, General Media, and/or 2019 AAEA Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

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