Monday, May 1, 2023

Members in the News: May 1, 2023


*Disclaimer - This email is to acknowledge citations of current AAEA members and/or their research in any public media channel. AAEA does not agree nor disagree with the views or attitudes of cited outside publications.

Hope C. Michelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Opinion: Comprehending Food Insecurity In the 21st Century

By: Agri Pulse – April 20, 2023

 “After more than fifteen years of heartening declines, global food insecurity and malnutrition are again on the rise. According to the most recent data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), more than 760 million people had insufficient food resources to meet their daily needs in 2021—which means 150 million more hungry people in the world than in 2019.”

Read More On: Agri Pulse

Linlin Fan, Pennsylvania State University

Low Use of Nutrition Labels Contributes To Health Disparities In China

By: Morning Ag. Clips - April 26, 2023

“Policies that increase household income and education, improve attention to food safety and enhance the availability of large grocery stores in rural areas, could be beneficial to closing the urban-rural disparity in the knowledge, use and perceived benefits of nutrition labels in China. We suspected that disparities in the knowledge and use of nutrition labels may contribute to disparities in diet quality and related health problems between urban and rural consumers. We wanted to analyze whether there were differences in whether and how rural residents used nutrition labels compared to urban residents, as well as how those disparities could be reduced.”

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Bradley Zwilling, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Cost To Produce Corn And Soybeans In Illinois 2022

By: – April 24, 2023

“In 2022, the total of all economic costs per acre for growing corn in Illinois averaged $1,185 in the northern section, $1,192 in the central section for farmland with “high” soil ratings, $1,129 in the central section for farmland with “low” soil ratings, and $1,098 in the southern section.  Soybean costs per acre were $839, $859, $793 and $802, respectively.”

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Wendong Zhang, Cornell University

Professor Wendong Zhang, Economic Impact of HABs

By: Finger Lakes Daily News – April 18, 2023

“Research done in Ohio on Lake Erie showing a single tributary was responsible for 70-80% of the nutrient load into the lake. A survey of sport fisherman on how much they would be willing to pay for cleaner water. Reducing the nitrogen and phosphorus going into our lakes.”

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Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ag Economist Pushes For More Free Trade, Not Less

By: Iowa Ag Connection – April 24, 2023

“Exports are absolutely crucial to the agricultural sector, particularly in the Midwest.Soybean farmers, for example, export 50% of their crop. Those exports increased in 2022, in part because there was a drought and shortages, to a certain extent, in Brazil and Argentina, two of the U.S.’s top export competitors.”

Read More On: Iowa Ag Connection

Simon Somogyi, University of Guelph
Ryan Cardwell,
University of Manitoba

What’s Behind The Cost Of Milk, Eggs And Chicken In Canada?

By: The Globe and Mail – April 26, 2023

It’s a departure from the typical free market system. It’s part of our political system to not want competition, and to not allow direct competition.”

“It’s used in industries that mostly feed Canadians and where Canadian producers aren’t or haven’t been competitive on the world market. Though whether that’s a product of or an argument for supply management is a classic question of the chicken and the egg.”

Read More On: The Globe and Mail

Sofia Berto Villas-Boas, University of California, Berkeley

Sugary Beverage Tax Improves Health, Lowers Health Care Costs

By: The Daily Californian –April 28, 2023

“The study estimated purchase reductions between 22% and 27%, using data up to two years after the implementation of the tax. The study also compares the quantity of sugary drinks purchased in Oakland to that in comparable cities during the same time. Since taxes cause less purchases, our study shows the Oakland tax’s promise in effectively reducing sugary diet-related diseases and healthcare costs.”

Read More On: The Daily Californian

Amy Ando, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Study Finds Wealthy White Homeowners Benefit Most From Land Conservation

By: EcoRi News – April 26, 2023

“Economists have done a lot to document disparities in exposure to pollution, but we know much less about equity in the distribution of the benefits from investments in valuable nature conservation. These findings make clear there can be large environmental justice issues in who gains from the environmental goods we provide and protect, and may serve as a call for more research identifying other such inequities.”

Read More On: EcoRi News

Nicholas Paulson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Farmers Endured a Rough Year, But Fertilizer Companies Cashed In

By: My Journal Courier – April 23, 2023

“The increase in fertilizer prices has probably been the number one issue. Fertilizer use is significant for soybeans, but corn is more dependent on fertilizers — especially nitrogen fertilizer, one of the main types of fertilizer, along with phosphate and potassium.”

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Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Scientists Assessed Indian Crops Adaptation To Climate Change Using 60 Years Data

By: Dev Discourse –April 25, 2023

“Farmers were able to adapt to changes in temperature for rice and maize but not wheat. However, increased precipitation enhanced rice yield, but adversely affected wheat and maize yields. We also found that farmers are customizing their strategies across different regions and crops. For example, heat-prone districts fared better to higher temperatures compared to districts in colder regions.”

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Colin A. Carter, University of California, Davis

Genetically Engineered Crops Are Key To Sustainable Farming. So Why Are Some Scientists Afraid To Discuss Them?

By: American Council On Science and Health – April 25, 2023

“Molecular genetic engineering has spawned a strange new allergy. No, not the kind of allergy that causes hives or wheezing; rather, an aversion to mentioning the role of genetic engineering in agriculture. In analyses, reports, and supposedly scholarly articles on sustainable agriculture, individuals and institutions that know better often ignore or downplay the importance of the newer technologies, such as recombinant DNA (“gene-splicing”) and gene editing.”

Read More On: American Council On Science and Health


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