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“Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Winter Cover Cropping in California” by Ellen Bruno, Alyssa DeVincentis, Samuel Sandoval Solis, and Daniele Zaccaria

Aug. 13, 2020

Winter cover cropping is a promising agricultural management practice that boosts soil health. This article discusses a benefit-cost analysis of winter cover crop adoption and introduces a web-based interactive calculator …

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“Preparing for a Drier Future: Welfare Consequences on the Salton Sea Region of Re-allocating Colorado River Flow Deficit” by Jacob Rightnar and Ariel Dinar

Aug. 13, 2020

Colorado River water flow is running short of its 1922 allocation to users. We assess effects of reallocation of Colorado River water deficit on sectoral and regional welfare in the …

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“The Conflicting Effect of Obesity and Undernourishment on Average Life Expectancy” by Sangeeta Bansal, Shivani Gupta, Jacob Lefler, and David Zilberman

Aug. 13, 2020

There is a growing concern regarding the health effects of increasing global obesity rates, and micro-level studies demonstrate that obesity reduces life expectancy.

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"COVID-19 and Farm Workers: Challenges Facing California Agriculture" by Timothy Beatty, Alexandra Hill, Philip Martin, and Zachariah Rutledge

May 29, 2020

When stay-at-home orders were issued in March 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19, farm workers were deemed essential and expected to continue working. As California’s farm employment climbs toward …

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The Impact of COVID-19 on California’s Top Agricultural Commodities

May 29, 2020

Profiles of leading California agricultural industries illustrate the different ways the pandemic has impacted the cattle, dairy, produce, strawberry, tomato, tree nut, and wine industries.

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"U.S. Nutrition Assistance Program Responses to COVID-19" by Charlotte Ambrozek and Timothy Beatty

May 29, 2020

We review the three largest nutrition assistance programs in the United States—SNAP, NSLP, and WIC— and discuss how these programs can help address the food security challenge posed by the …

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"COVID-19, Traffic, Travel, and Pollution" by Michael L. Anderson

May 29, 2020

This article explores the differential impacts of recent “stay-at-home” orders on mobility, economic activity, and pollution across the state. Data reveal decreases in travel, with evidence of recovery prior to …

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“Estimated Cost of the Withdrawal of the Insecticide Chlorpyrifos for Six Major California Crops” by H. Wei, R.E, Goodhue, K. Mace, J. Rudder, T. Tolhurst, D. Tregeagle, B. Grafton-Cardwell, I. Grettenberger, H. Wilson, R. Van Steenwyk, J. Steggall

April 20, 2020

In May 2019, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) initiated the cancellation of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. This article estimates the economic effects of cancellation on six major California crops.

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“Could Recycled Urban Wastewater Provide Irrigation for Agriculture? The Case of the Escondido Region of California” by Ami Reznik and Ariel Dinar

April 20, 2020

Reuse of treated urban wastewater for beneficial purposes can mitigate water scarcity. However, its costs and benefits are uncertain. We examine reuse feasibility through a regional modeling framework in the …

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“The Challenges and Potential Benefits of Animal-Free Meats” by Lichun Huang, Hal Giuliani Gordon, and David Zilberman

April 20, 2020

Innovations in food science have led to the emergence of plant-based substitutes for animal meat products. This article provides an overview of some of the emergent products and argues that …

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