Production agriculture in New York is highly dependent on the work performed by immigrants. Given recent concerns over illegal immigration, farm managers have become increasingly concerned about their ability to attract an adequate supply of legally authorized workers during critical times of the year. Changes in immigration policy at the federal level are likely the most effective way to ensure an adequate, legal workforce for New York agriculture.
I Co-directed the Tata-Cornell Agriculture-Nutrition (TACO-AN) project in central India, which was aimed at improving the health and nutrition of rural people.
During the fall semester 2010, students in the Department of Landscape Architecture worked with a variety of not-for-profit groups in the City of Buffalo. The project intent was to consider use and re-use of abandoned, and often city-owned, parcels of land acquired through abandonment primarily of private homes on the east side of the city, defined as the Mid-City Neighborhood.
There is a growing recognition that while individual food decisions are important determinants of nutrition and health, factors external to the individual and the food system itself play a significant role.
Organic resources play a dominant role in smallholders’ production and livelihood objectives. They are used for animal feed, fuel, and fiber. They are also fundamental to maintaining soil fertility in tropical soils, depletion of which is considered to be one of the major biophysical causes of low per capita food production in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper addresses the use, management and value of one source of on-farm organic resources – maize residues in western Kenya.
About half the world cooks on inefficient open flames. The stoves slow economic development, harm the environment, and worsen people's health. Our extensive multi-year study examines the factors that cause people to adopt modern, more efficient cookstoves and studies the actual use of those cookstoves once adopted.
This 5-year project, part of an NIH-supported Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) application submitted by the University of Washington (UW) and Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH), includes two theoretically linked studies covering the lifespan of HPV prevention and screening. In partnership with the Hopi Tribe, the first study aims to increase HPV vaccination rates among girls aged 11-12 years. The second study examines the presence of high-risk HPV types and variants in American Indian women.
Forest carbon sequestration and storage is increasingly being considered as an attractive climate change mitigation strategy across the Northeast, the United States and the world. Recent research indicates that a significant percentage of U.S. reductions in carbon emissions could be achieved through improved forest management at costs competitive to other mitigation strategies and technologies.
Our project aims to estimate the prevalence of "weekend hunger" (as measured by low intake relative to estimated energy requirements) among school-aged children and its relationship to diet quality. We will identify the characteristics of children at risk for low energy intake on the weekend and analyze how participation in the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program may be associated with weekend hunger. We also will estimate the effect of school meals on weekday energy intake and diet quality, in comparison with weekend eating reported by the same children.
Agricultural producers and food marketers are increasingly responding to environmentally friendly cues from consumers even though privately appropriated values associated with a range of food products commonly rank above their public-good counterparts. Wine can be considered an ideal product to examine these issues given consumers’ highly subjective sensory preferences toward wine and a wine grape production process that is relatively intensive in the use of chemical inputs for the control of disease and infection.