Subsidy study: local school lunches for economic growth

lunchA recent study co-authored by Brad Rickard and Todd Schmit, both professors in Applied Economics and Management at Cornell, and Pamela Weinberg-Shapiro, a lecturer in the Division of Nutritional Sciences in Cornell’s College of Human Ecology, analyses the cost-benefit ratios for hypothetical scenarios aimed at expanding the presence of local fruits and vegetables in school lunches. The proposed subsidies would provide financial boosts for New York famers and local economies and keep school lunches locally based at 5 cents per school lunch, one day per week. The study estimates that the program could cost taxpayers $2.8 million per year, but could increase the “purchase of local fruits and vegetables by 50 percent one day a week… generate up to $9.2 million in new revenue for vegetable farmers and up to $5.3 million for fruit producers and businesses that support these industries.”

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Dr. Jarra Jagne: Poultry, Politics and Health

The Looming Threat of Avian Flu, a recent article by Mary Mckenna in the New York Times Magazine, delves into the crippling 2015 outbreak in the Midwest and the possible threat that this virus poses to the United States in the future. Between December 2014 and June 2015, the avian…

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W. Ronnie Coffman (Food)

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International Professor of Plant Breeding and Director of International Programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Coffman also serves as Principal Investigator of the Agricultural Innovation Partnership, the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project, Driving Genetic Gain in Wheat project and the Next Generation Cassava project. He serves as…

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Taking a Planetary Health and One Health Approach to Public Health

As the global population grows and human innovations abound, the world becomes a smaller yet more complex place. With sufficient resources, one can get to almost any point in the world in some 48 hours. With this mobility, ideas and commerce move rapidly. Along with them, infections and vectors of…

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Poultry Vaccine Innovators Receive Award

Bruce Calnek, DVM ’55, the Steffen Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Medicine, and Karel Schat, Ph.D. ’78, professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology were awarded the 2015 Ezra Technology Innovator Award for their work as inventors of the Marek’s disease vaccine. Cornell patented the SB-1 strain that Calnek and…

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Cornell to fight for food safety as CDC Center of Excellence

On February 29th, the Cornell Chronicle announced that Cornell University and the New York State Department of Health have been selected as the 6th CDC Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence. The Center, formed since Fall 2015, will “assist local, state and federal health officials to respond to foodborne disease outbreaks”…

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Cornell Receives $24M to Combat Global Wheat Threats

Ronnie Coffman, international plant breeder and director of Cornell’s office of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is the director of the newly funded $24 million grant project Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat that has been awarded to Cornell University by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant…

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Gen Meredith (MPH)

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Associate Director of International Programs and the Master of Public Health, College of Veterinary Medicine Gen Meredith, a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty of Medicine (Occupational Therapy) and the University of Massachusetts’ School of Public Health (Master of Public Health), has come to Cornell to help design and lead the…

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One Health @ CVM

Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences The Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences’ mission is to promote health, productivity, and welfare of food- and fiber-producing animals, companion animals, and wildlife populations; ensure safety of foods of animal origin; and prevent animal disease with its associated risks to human health. Microbiology & Immunology…

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