Monday, October 31, 2022

Members in the News: Somogyi, Batabyal, Laborde, Vos, Swinnen, Taheripour, Khanna, Lusk, Rickard, Ho, Okrent, Tonsor, Villoria, Beghin, et al.

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Simon Somogyi, University of Guelph

Can a price freeze chill inflation? What to know as grocers fight for your dollar

By: Global News - October 22, 2022

Simon Somogyi, food business professor at the University of Guelph, tells Global News that as a rule of thumb, grocers that have more in-store services like a large deli counter and in-house bakery are going to run more expensive than discount options like the aptly named No Frills or Food Basics.

Read more on: Global News

Amitrajeet Batabyal, Rochester Institute of Technology

  • No obvious successor to Xi Jinping in Chinese Communist Party’s new leadership team
    By: South China Morning Post - October 23, 2022
  • Turkey prices rising amid national shortage
    By: Rochester First - October 27, 2022

David Laborde, IFPRI

  • In COP27 host Egypt, hunger mounts amid soaring import costs and weather extremes
    By: The New Humanitarian - October 19, 2022
  • "There are not enough ships in the world to transport enough gas to Europe"
    By: Neo Kohn - October 19, 2022

Rob Vos, IFPRI

Inflation and market uncertainty hit farmers

By: La Informacion  - October 16, 2022

Added to this is a cut in the supply of wheat, corn and oilseeds in global markets, which has had an impact on the rise in prices of basic foods, despite their temporary decline in the last six months, according to the director of Markets of the International Food Policy Research Institute (Ifpri), Rob Vos.

Read more on: La Informacion

Johan Swinnen, IFPRI
Rob Vos, IFPRI

G20 Agriculture Ministers Underscore Importance of Food System Sustainability, Open and Fair Trade, and Digital Innovations as Long-Term Food Crisis Responses

By: Krishak Jagat - October 19, 2022

CGIAR was present as an observer during these meetings, through a delegation led by Johan Swinnen, Managing Director, Systems Transformation, CGIAR, and Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and consisting further of Gianpiero Menza, Senior Manager Partnerships & Innovative Finance at the Alliance/CGIAR and Rob Vos Director, Market, Trade, and Institutions at IFPRI/CGIAR. While addressing his speech, Swinnen emphasized that the present crisis has already started hurting food systems, thus requiring concerted action with short-, medium-, and long-term components.  

Read more on: Krishak Jagat

Farzad Taheripour, Purdue University
Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Are Biofuels Actually Green? Alternatives to Gasoline Generate Heated Scientific Debate

By: Inverse - October 15, 2022

Farzad Taheripour, an agricultural economist at Purdue and a key member of the GTAP-BIO team, rejects these criticisms out of hand. The assumptions in the model, he says, are based on the best evidence that the team can find, and nobody is trying to make biofuels look more climate-friendly than they really are. “All the changes,” he says, “are based on facts.”

It is also becoming clearer to the scientists who’ve been debating biofuels that they’ll never resolve their differences on the exact effects of biofuel production on greenhouse emissions. “It’s a very polarizing question,” says Madhu Khanna, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who co-authored the critiques of Lark’s paper. For some, she says, concerns will remain, “no matter what the evidence is.”

Read more on: Inverse

Jayson Lusk, Purdue University

Rising Costs To Affect Turkey Day Worse Than Last Year

By: News Max - October 25, 2022

Dr. Jayson Lusk of Purdue University told Fox, "There appears to be still some hangover from the avian influenza outbreaks that we have this spring, so total turkey production is down, and as a result, wholesale prices are up."

Read more on: News Max

Bradley Rickard, Cornell University
Shuay-Tsyr Ho, National Taiwan University
Abigail Okrent, USDA-ERS

Words matter in food freshness, safety messaging

By: - October 20, 2022

"Some consumers might do a sniff test to see if food is still good, while others might just look at the date and throw it away," said Brad Rickard, professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and senior author of "Date Labels, Food Waste and Supply Chain Implications," which published Sept. 29 in the European Review of Agricultural Economics.

Co-authors were Shuay-Tsyr Ho, M.S. '12, Ph.D. '19, assistant professor of agricultural economics at National Taiwan University; Florine Livat, associate professor of economics at the Kedge Business School in Talence, France, and a former visiting scholar at Dyson; and Abigail Okrent of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

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Glynn Tonsor, Kansas State University

New report highlights value of international beef trade

By: Farm Progress - October 21, 2022

The report, “Assessing Economic Impact That Would Follow Loss of US Beef Exports and Imports,” was authored by Derrell PeelOklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist, and Glynn Tonsor, professor of agricultural economics at Kansas State University.

Read more on: Farm Progress

Nelson Villoria, Kansas State University

K-State ag economist studies impact of sustainability policies on deforestation

By: Morning Ag Clips - October 25, 2022

“Indeed,” he added, “tree planting and forest conservation are currently the only cost-effective ways of capturing emissions. Deforestation itself is a source of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, when forests are left alone, we are not increasing emissions while capturing emissions from other sources.”

Read more on: Morning Ag Clips

John Beghin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Farmers take practical steps with fertilizer costs uncertain

By: Iowa Farmer Today - October 20, 2022

“The outlook on fertilizer prices remains pessimistic with a series of factors contributing to elevated prices,” said John Beghin, economist with the University of Nebraska, in an article for Nebraska Agricultural Economics. “Although affordability may slightly improve as long as commodity prices decrease more slowly than fertilizer prices do.”

Gary Schnitkey, economist with the University of Illinois, echoed those thoughts in an article for farmdoc Daily. He said the high fertilizer prices are likely to stay until 2023, if not longer, which means reducing application rates is “prudent.”

Read more on: Iowa Farmer Today

Joseph Glauber, IFPRI

When will California food prices fall? The answer is tricky

By: The Sacramento Bee - October 21, 2022

Joseph Glauber, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, saw agricultural commodity prices probably remaining high throughout next year.

Read more on: The Sacramento Bee

Kate Fuller, Montana State University

Drought, supply chain among issues that impacted Montana agriculture this year

By: Bozeman Daily Chronicle - October 21, 2022

Those factors have led to historically high costs of inputs like fuel and fertilizer, but also notably high market prices for crops — especially wheat, said Kate Fuller, associate professor and extension specialist in the agricultural economics department at Montana State University.

Read more on: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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