Technical Problems 3/9/15
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May 2014 Payroll Employment
After 76 months, we finally got back to the prerecession level of payroll employment.
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The best summary of the state of our economy is the graph (below) of employment as a fraction of population for people over 16 years old. The decrease is large, but the most troubling feature of the graph is the flat trend .
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Donald Marron likes European interest rates. Click on the image to get a bigger version. Can you find three distinct subperiods?
Brad DeLong favors the U.S. gdp gap.
Money Supply M1 growth is now over 20% per year over a 12 month lag. M1 growth has touched 20% before, but not with excess reserves of $1.6 trillion. Where is M1 headed?
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U.S. Food Policy (Parke Wilde)
"U.S. Food Policy and Economics from a Public Interest Perspective”
March 18, 2015, 5:03 pm, 1441541
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), the professional association for registered dietitians, generated plenty of unfavorable attention this month when it permitted Kraft Singles (a processed cheese-like product) to be the first food product to carry the "Kids Eat Right" logo
The arrangement adds fuel to
March 17, 2015, 7:03 pm, 1440932
Should the Dietary Guidelines for Americans address environmental sustainability issues?
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) report
earlier this year included these issues in its executive summary, giving them far higher profile than they ever previously have had in the nation's most august dietary guidance process. The federal ...
March 2, 2015, 7:03 pm, 1432001
Jessica Alba and Cam Newton participated recently in an upbeat advertisement for healthful fruit and vegetables
, sponsored by the Partnership for a Healthier America
An AP article Feb 26
explained some of the origins, noting that the new campaign grew out of a broccoli advertisement ...
December 8, 2014, 7:03 pm, 1385474
In my in-box are two new books on agricultural policy controversies, both written by agricultural economists. Both books seek, with partial but not complete success, to move beyond a certain fear of criticism, openly engaging readers who may have diverse public interest concerns and motivations.
First is Depolarizing Food ...
December 7, 2014, 7:03 pm, 1384791
To understand food policy in the United States, one must pay attention to Mexican and Central American farmworkers in this country, but also to farm labor in Mexico.
The Los Angeles Times
today has started an article series and a remarkable video series on the Mexican workers who ...
December 3, 2014, 5:03 pm, 1382755
I am enjoying reading the new book-length coverage of local food systems in Food, Farms, and Community
, by Lisa Chase and Vern Grubinger of the University of Vermont.
Food, Farms, and Community: Exploring Food Systems
December 3, 2014, 9:03 am, 1381650
Many important debates in U.S. Food Policy turn on competing views about the global food prospect, especially the food situation in developing countries. For those who want to study this topic seriously, Routledge has just published the new third edition of the comprehensive textbook, The Economics of Agricultural Development: ...
December 3, 2014, 9:03 am, 1381649
Here's another one. This is a Google Trends
report of online interest in "sodium" and "gluten", 2004 to the present. High sodium intake in the U.S. population increases the prevalence of high blood pressure and heart disease, which are leading killers in the United States. Yet, this topic is ...
December 3, 2014, 9:03 am, 1381648
The federal government last December allowed a patent (U.S. patent 8,609,158
) for "Diane's Manna," a supplement that is ...
so potent that it removes or alleviates depression, mood disorders, Attention Disorder symptoms, thought disorder, mental illness, pain, right lip retardation symptoms, physical problems, Lymph Node cancer ...
December 3, 2014, 9:03 am, 1381647
The prevalence of household food insecurity in the United States remained above 14% in 2013, according to new data released today
by USDA's Economic Research Service.
Here is the abstract to today's report:
An estimated 14.3 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time ...