Research Database

This database is a curation of over 170 entries from UC Berkeley faculty and staff in a variety of formats: academic journal articles, reports, videos, and mainstream media pieces. We created this database to allow visitors to search for a topic and easily find research results from the UC Berkeley community. This database is a "living" database with new articles added continually.



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Retailer perspectives on sugar-sweetened beverage taxes in the California Bay Area

Authors

Kristine Madsen

et. al.

Publication Type

Academic Literature, Academic Literature

Source

Preventive Medicine Reports

Year Published

2020

tags

retail, soda tax

Policy Summaryj

This paper looks at the implementation of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes on different types of retailers in Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. Findings indicated that a majority of businesses experienced minimal effects on their businesses, with 53% saying they thought other cities should also adopt the SSB tax and 53% supporting a statewide SSB tax. This has implications for supporting the health goals of SSB taxes and a statewide expansion.

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Agrarian origins of authoritarian populism in the United States: What can we learn from 20th-century struggles in California and the Midwest?

Authors

Maywa Montenegro

et. al.

Publication Type

Academic Literature

Source

Journal of Rural Studies

Year Published

2019

tags

California, food politics, rural

Policy Summaryj

This study looks at the 2016 election and why the result came to a surprise to many but not to farmers and rural communities by analyzing the history of small farms and small labor organizing in California and the Midwest. Findings provide lessons for intersectional and cross-sectoral organizing in contemporary times.

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Gene driving the farm: who decides, who owns, and who benefits?

Publication Type

Academic Literature

Source

Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems

Year Published

2019

tags

farming, genetically engineered, livestock

Policy Summaryj

This study looked at gene drives that have been enabled by CRISPR and its implications on agriculture. While the past looked largely at modifying crop seeds and livestock, this new technology is looking at modifying the ecosystem around it.

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The Economics of Soil Health: Current Knowledge, Open Questions, and Policy Implications

Authors

Andrew Stevens

Publication Type

Academic Literature

Source

Year Published

2015

tags

agriculture, soil health

Policy Summaryj

Soil health plays an important role in agricultural productivity, environmental success, and ecosystem sustainability. Healthy soil is associated with a greater amount of organic matter, high levels of active carbon, adequate levels of nitrogen, and a prospering microbial ecosystem. Healthy soils can help increase plant growth, reduce erosion, can help prevent pest growth and disease outbreak, and can serve as a carbon sink. Even though it is known that healthy soil has many benefits, there is room for improvement for policy makers to improve existing economic and policy frameworks, and inform farmers’ of the soil health on their farm. The economic framework of a case study in Kenya provides a concrete starting point for future economic analyses and case studies of soil health issues. The author’s findings suggest that optimal management of both the agricultural system and soil carbon would lead to increased yields and increased levels of soil carbon in the long run.

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