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Agricultural Economics student out of Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture in Truro, Nova Scotia. Interests are in understanding Atl. Canadian agricultural systems and ways in which rural / agrarian identity is constructed and has value (both economic and socio-cultural) assigned to it.

Posts are some amounts going to boring agricultural meetings, research readings, and some bad opinions on anime and other media.

Today’s activity: estimating the total power output of US lemon production if you used them for lemon batteries (about 20kW)

Econ, Tax Incentive data research, research process vent 

The annoying thing about firefighters apparently is that they don't keep good tax data.

Parts of this research are frustrating, as I'm waiting for FOI deadlines from CDN Fed government on parts of it anyways, but this should really be data being collected by prov. government offices and not something I need to reach out to every individual fire department for.

After talking with my research colleague during the conference, have a plan on how to investigate some elements related to tax incentive participation, think I know what I might be playing with next...

... I get to look at some firefighter data...


Econ - Developmental Economics, RCT, Nobel Economic Award Criticism and Critique 

A very good read by Ingrid H. Kvangraven of York University.

Good, well written economics communication should always be signal boosted.

But late in posting this (as well, I was busy), but yesterday was the first public presentation of my tax expenditure research in a formal academic setting. So exciting to get feedback and interest.

Love transdisciplinary conferences.

Would be hard pressed to see household food waste and orbital debris in the same conference session normally.

Econ / Policy Research Process 

"The Effectiveness of Tax Credits for Charitable Giving" by Duquette, Nicolas and Graddy-Reed, Alexandra and Phillips, Mark ( and "Charity Starts … at Work? Conceptual Foundations for Research with Businesses that Donate to Food Redistribution Organisations" by Vlaholias, E.; Thompson, K.; Every, D.; Dawson, D. (

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Econ / Policy Research Process 

Happy to find two papers yesterday which nest cleanly into my research. Provide framework which helps justify my research and context that Food donation credits at state levels seem to be operating like focused cash donation credits.

Cooking Woes 

What the heck do I do with this massive surplus of cucumbers?

Don't've time or space to pickle them, and don't really know many recipes which use a bunch of them.

Fresh vegetables are a welcome distraction to studies.

Campus chef's garden is producing eggplants, cucumbers, and various greens at this point, although don't know what recent water / storm damage has been.

Going to an agricultural university is great, except for when you need to schedule food policy meetings in the provincial capital.

This province isn't even that big!

Finally back from summer in woods. School year means finishing up collation of US tax credit data, more maths, and continued observations of salads in anime.

It's pretty disconcerting how many energy policy journals are owned by Elsevier. If anyone can recommend any alternatives, I'd be so grateful. Despite my librarian skills, I'm not finding a lot and I'm trying to avoid environmental law journals for the time being.

The intersection of economics, science-for-the-sake-of-it, and people having enough food to survive and thrive is pretty interesting.

The fact that the scientist in this article was female and worked for free (!) because the university refused to pay married scientists adds a certain feminist bent to the reading as well. I'm super glad the Japanese nori farmers honored her for her vital work and continue to do so.

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