The Economics of Food, Health and Nutrition: International Comparisons, Analysis, and Roles for Government
February 2011 Crown Conference Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia.
Issues surrounding food, health and nutrition are gaining in prominence – reports of an ‘obesity epidemic’ appear with increasing frequency. The agricultural and natural resource sectors play a key role in contributing to food, health and nutrition outcomes. Changes in agricultural productivity, the production of new foods, such as functional foods, and shifts in consumer preferences pose new challenges for public policy.
This workshop explored the economics of agricultural and food policies and associated health outcomes. Presentations from international and Australian experts addressed subjects encompassing food and agricultural policy, the economics of obesity, and food labelling and consumer behaviour.
Statistical Review of California’s Organic Agriculture 2005 – 2009
(March 2011, pdf, 1.25MB) Karen Klonsky, Kurt Richter. This publication quantifies the current size and growth of the organic industry in California in terms of acres, farm gate sales and number of growers statewide and by commodity, commodity group, county, and region, based on California Department of Agriculture registration data from 2005 - 2009. (see also: previous versions)
Comparison of Production Costs and Resource Use for Organic and Conventional Production Systems
Presentation by AIC Associate Director Karen Klonsky for a webinar (3/1/2011) sponsored by NRCS.
- Presentation slides.
The Profitability of Organic Agriculture: Lessons from the Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Project (SAFS)
Presentation by AIC Associate Director Karen Klonsky for a USDA Organic Farming Systems Research Conference (3/16/2011) in Washington DC.
Farm and Food Policy and Obesity
A two-day workshop on Farm and Food Policy and Obesity will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center in Davis, California, on May 21-22, 2010. See also: Pre-workshop lecture by Dr. Barry Popkin. "
The World is Fat: Global Dynamics, Causes, Policy Options" available online:
1. Lecture ( mp3,~1 hour)
2. Question and answer (mp3,~25 minutes)
3. Presentation slides (pdf, 3.75MB)
Proceedings from "Causes and Consequences of the Food Price Crisis", October 2008.
- Slides from the symposium
- Podcasts, courtesy of The Global Livestock CRSP