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Culturally appropriate vegetables and economic development. A contextual analysis.

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Source
Appetite. 2012 Aug;59(1):148-54
Publication Type
Article
Date
Aug-2012
Author
Bamidele Adekunle
Glen Filson
Sridharan Sethuratnam
Author Affiliation
School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, 50 Stone Road East, University of Guelph, Canada N1G 2W1. badekunl@uoguelph.ca
Source
Appetite. 2012 Aug;59(1):148-54
Date
Aug-2012
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adult
Asian Continental Ancestry Group - ethnology
Crops, Agricultural - economics - supply & distribution
Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Economic development
Ethnic Groups
Family Characteristics
Humans
Middle Aged
Ontario - ethnology
Questionnaires
Vegetables - economics
Abstract
This paper examines the implications of the demand for ethno-cultural vegetables (ECV) by South-Asians, the largest cultural group in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), on their potential for Ontario agricultural economic development and significant consumer health benefits. A conceptual framework is presented to explain the relationship among factors such as change in demographics, demand for locally produced ECV and both the potential agricultural and health benefits. Analysis of cross-sectional data collected in 2009 also indicates that the respondents have certain characteristics that are pertinent to understanding why they shop in particular stores and their perceptions about what constitutes quality. In sum, household size and percentage spent on vegetables predict their expenditure on ECV, an indication that South-Asians resident in the GTA will continue to demand their ECV. It is thus a niche market that farmers can explore if its potential economic value to them is clarified and the government can provide sufficient support by increasing awareness and creating appropriate economic incentives for farmers willing to grow these vegetables.
PubMed ID
22516843 View in PubMed
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Lifecycle effects of a recession on health behaviors: Boom, bust, and recovery in Iceland.

https://arctichealth.org/en/permalink/ahliterature276585
Source
Econ Hum Biol. 2016 Mar;20:90-107
Publication Type
Article
Date
Mar-2016
Author
Tinna Laufey Ásgeirsdóttir
Hope Corman
Kelly Noonan
Nancy E Reichman
Source
Econ Hum Biol. 2016 Mar;20:90-107
Date
Mar-2016
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Alcohol Drinking - economics - epidemiology
Confounding Factors (Epidemiology)
Diet - adverse effects - economics - trends
Dietary Sucrose - adverse effects - economics
Economic Development - trends
Economic Recession
Fast Foods - adverse effects - statistics & numerical data
Female
Health Behavior
Health Surveys
Humans
Iceland
Longitudinal Studies
Male
Middle Aged
Smoking - economics - epidemiology
Sunbathing - economics - trends
Young Adult
Abstract
This study uses individual-level longitudinal data from Iceland, a country that experienced a severe economic crisis in 2008 and substantial recovery by 2012, to investigate the extent to which the effects of a recession on health behaviors are lingering or short-lived and to explore trajectories in health behaviors from pre-crisis boom, to crisis, to recovery. Health-compromising behaviors (smoking, heavy drinking, sugared soft drinks, sweets, fast food, and tanning) declined during the crisis, and all but sweets continued to decline during the recovery. Health-promoting behaviors (consumption of fruit, fish oil, and vitamins/minerals and getting recommended sleep) followed more idiosyncratic paths. Overall, most behaviors reverted back to their pre-crisis levels or trends during the recovery, and these short-term deviations in trajectories were probably too short-lived in this recession to have major impacts on health or mortality. A notable exception is for binge drinking, which declined by 10% during the 2 crisis years, continued to fall (at a slower rate of 8%) during the 3 recovery years, and did not revert back to the upward pre-crisis trend during our observation period. These lingering effects, which directionally run counter to the pre-crisis upward trend in consumption and do not reflect price increases during the recovery period, suggest that alcohol is a potential pathway by which recessions improve health and/or reduce mortality.
PubMed ID
26687768 View in PubMed
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