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“The Outlook for California’s Almond Market" by Ellen M. Bruno, Brittney Goodrich, and Richard J. Sexton

Aug. 16, 2021

The California almond industry has seen remarkable growth over the past couple decades. Can additional growth and high prices be sustained?

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"Science-Based Agriculture for Expanding Food Production and Sustainability” by David Zilberman

Aug. 16, 2021

Agriculture in this century will be challenged to feed at least 3 billion more people while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting biodiversity, and improving rural well-being.

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“Voter-Approved Proposition to Raise California Pork Prices” by Hanbin Lee, Richard J. Sexton, and Daniel A. Sumner

Aug. 16, 2021

California voters passed Proposition 12 in November 2018 to require more housing space for certain farm animals. We estimate that Prop 12 will cost California pork consumers about $320 million …

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“COVID-19 Morbidity and Mortality in U.S. Meatpacking Counties” by Tina L. Saitone, K. Aleks Schaefer, and Daniel P. Scheitrum

June 23, 2021

The meatpacking industry has been at the center of employee-related COVID infection concerns. However, there is limited information on the scope of the issue.

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“How Has Residential Per Capita Water Consumption in California Changed Between 1994–2019?” by Juhee Lee, Mehdi Nemati, and Ariel Dinar

June 23, 2021

Residential water consumption (gallons per capita per day) in California fell dramatically in the past three decades.

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“Why Are Indian Farmers Protesting the Liberalization of Indian Agriculture?” by Shoumitro Chatterjee and Aprajit Mahajan

June 23, 2021

Farmers in India fear that new laws will enable corporations to exploit them. The most vocal protests have been in the states of Punjab and Haryana. The roots lie in …

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“California Crop Labor Supply and Demand During COVID-19” by Alexandra E. Hill

April 22, 2021

Data indicate that effects from COVID-19-induced agricultural labor shortages during 2020 were less pronounced than demand-side market disruptions like restaurant closures.

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“The Cost of Overregulating Animal and Plant Biotechnology: Lessons from COVID-19” by David Zilberman, Alison L. Van Eenennaam, Felipe De Figueiredo Silva, and Josephine F. Trott

April 22, 2021

Modern molecular biology offers tools for precisely altering traits of crops and livestock. Similar tools have been used to develop vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

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“Can Managed Aquifer Recharge Mitigate Drought Impacts on California’s Irrigated Agriculture? The Role for Institutions and Policies” by Ami Reznik, Ariel Dinar, Susie Bresney, Laura Forni, Brian Joyce, Steven Wallander, Daniel Bigelow, and Idda Kan

April 22, 2021

Managed Aquifer Recharge (MAR)—storing water of various qualities in aquifers—is considered a potential strategy to mitigate recurring drought effects in California.

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“Optimal Social Distancing and the Economics of Uncertain Vaccine Arrival” by Terrence Iverson, Larry Karp, and Alessandro Peri

Feb. 18, 2021

The current, increased optimism about the imminent arrival and distribution of a COVID vaccine in the U.S. leads to an increased optimal level of social distancing. Under current circumstances, a …

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