Category Archives: Writing & Presentations

Thesis Submitted: Effect of Certification on Cacao Smallholders’ Net Incomes

I submitted my thesis for my M.S. in International Agricultural Development: “Evaluating the Effects of Certification on Smallholders’ Net Incomes, with a Focus on Cacao Farmers in Cooperatives in Côte d’Ivoire.” I focused on evaluating smallholders’ agronomic and economic outcomes, … Continue reading

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Course paper: Oligopolies in the Cacao-chocolate Sector

If you’ve ever wondered about the market forces that get cacao from the farm to your chocolate bar, confection, beverage, etc… you might enjoy a short paper I wrote for my microeconomics course. It’s focused on oligopolies across the supply … Continue reading

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Collaborative Op-Ed: Let’s take back our democracy and reclaim the American Dream

Collaborative Op-Ed, written with John Flynn and placed in the Mail Tribune. This  focuses on simple yet powerful things we can do now to address the issues that have motivated Occupy Wall Street and caused financial, social and environmental distress … Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor: Food Insecurity is a Local Reality

My local newspaper recently ran an article questioning USDA’s classification of part of our municipality as a “food desert.” I wrote a letter to the editor which was published, and is below. A food desert is defined as an area … Continue reading

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Webinar Presentation: Measuring & Managing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

I coordinated and presented in another webinar for the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association, focused on “Managing GHG Emissions to Save Energy, Costs and the Environment.” My presentation focused on the issues analysis and business case, and slides are available as … Continue reading

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Latest Article: Catching the Rain

  I recently wrote an article on rainwater catchment and management for HomeLife Magazne. You can access it below. Note that clicking on the article title takes you to the publication website which requires readers to register if you want to read … Continue reading

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Article: Digging Around for Sustainable Food

My latest GreenBiz piece focuses on the food sector, particularly organic and natural products companies. The article centers on the lack of cohesion and clarity in characterizing ‘sustainable’ food, the gap between perception, marketing and demonstrated outcomes, and the unsustainable … Continue reading

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