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Did You Miss the UC Davis-Based COVID-19 Symposium?

Dr. Robert Gallo discussed vaccines at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 Symposium on June 3. (Screen shot)

If you missed the UC Davis-based Third COVID-19 Symposium, headlined by Dr. Robert Gallo, not to worry. You can view it on YouTube...

Dr. Robert Gallo discussed vaccines at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 Symposium on June 3. (Screen shot)
Dr. Robert Gallo discussed vaccines at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 Symposium on June 3. (Screen shot)

Dr. Robert Gallo discussed vaccines at the UC Davis-based COVID-19 Symposium on June 3. (Screen shot)

Honey bee geneticist Robert E. Page Jr. offered his comments on whether bee sting therapy could be a treatment for COVID-19 patients. (Screen shot)
Honey bee geneticist Robert E. Page Jr. offered his comments on whether bee sting therapy could be a treatment for COVID-19 patients. (Screen shot)

Honey bee geneticist Robert E. Page Jr. offered his comments on whether bee sting therapy could be a treatment for COVID-19 patients. (Screen shot)

Growing Interest in Bee Sting Therapy Research as a Possible COVID-19 Treatment?

Former professional bee wrangler Norm Gary getting ready for a documentary in 2010. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

"Honey bee venom treatment may become a new tool in the search for new ways to prevent infection with COVID-19," says Norman Gary, emeritus professor entomology at the...

Former professional bee wrangler Norm Gary getting ready for a documentary in 2010. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Former professional bee wrangler Norm Gary getting ready for a documentary in 2010. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Former professional bee wrangler Norm Gary getting ready for a documentary in 2010. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the sign in front of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. It once doubled as a bee hive; Laidlaw treated his arthritis with some of the bee venom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
This is the sign in front of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. It once doubled as a bee hive; Laidlaw treated his arthritis with some of the bee venom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This is the sign in front of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility on Bee Biology Road, UC Davis. It once doubled as a bee hive; Laidlaw treated his arthritis with some of the bee venom. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How has coronavirus pandemic impacted California food, agriculture and environment?

New report examines the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on food system and what the future holds for California's cattle, dairy, produce, strawberry, tomato, nut and wine industries.

New report explores long-term effects of COVID-19 on state's cattle, dairy, produce, strawberry, tomato, nut and wine industries.

COVID-19 continues to affect parts of California agriculture in different ways. A new report from agricultural economists at the University of California examines the current and long-term impacts on California's leading agricultural industries.

Profiles in the report illustrate the different ways the pandemic has impacted dairy, beef and produce – industries that have scrambled to repurpose products from foodservice to retail – and tree nuts, an industry that saw a temporary spike in sales as consumers hoarded storable goods. The report includes expert assessments of what the future holds for California's cattle, dairy, produce, strawberry, tomato, tree nut and wine industries.

The studies are contained in a special coronavirus issue of ARE Update, a bimonthly magazine published by the University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics. Contributors include several experts from the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. 

Social distancing drives up strawberry harvest costs because increasing the space between workers slows picking.

In addition to industry profiles, the report includes three articles addressing the effect of the pandemic on farm labor, food security, and traffic and pollution in California. The authors conclude that farm labor supplies are likely to be reduced due to the pandemic, hastening the trend toward mechanization. Authors of the study on federal nutrition assistance programs expect participants in these programs to face unprecedented economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They suggest specific policy responses to reduce the impact. The study on vehicle traffic (and associated pollution) in California shows that travel dropped dramatically—by 40% to 60%—in California following the stay-at-home order, but then began increasing in mid-April, long before any restrictions on the stay-at-home order were lifted.

“Although the coronavirus pandemic continues to afflict most parts of the world, states and countries are attempting to reopen their economies and assess the damage that has been wrought,” said Richard Sexton, UC Davis distinguished professor and co-editor of ARE Update. “We look at the impacts on California agricultural industries and the implications for the environment and consumers, especially the most vulnerable among us.” 

COVID-19 and farmworkers

No state relies upon agricultural labor more than California, where employment peaks seasonally in June. When stay-at-home orders were issued in March 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19, farmworkers were deemed essential and expected to continue working.

As California's farm employment climbs toward its June peak, sick farmworkers, closed schools and uncertainties surrounding the H-2A guest worker program could reduce the supply of farmworkers, accelerating trends already underway such as mechanization.

Full article can be found at https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/c8/0a/c80aa637-6775-4bfa-9a64-bd680cc2dbce/v23n5_2.pdf.

Nutrition assistance programs

With record unemployment, CalFresh enrollments are as much as 80% higher in California than last year at this time.

Processing plant closures, consumer stockpiling of key staple foods and other supply chain disruptions have raised serious questions about food security in the U.S. Enrollments in CalFresh, for example, are up as much as 80% in California from last year at this time.

The authors address the role policymakers, food banks and food assistance programs like the National School Lunch Program and Women, Infants and Children (WIC) can play in meeting food-security challenges now and in the future.

Full article can be found at https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/75/3d/753dcb99-8d44-4bd9-a668-b277a45456eb/v23n5_3.pdf.

Traffic, travel and pollution

Shelter in place orders reduced traffic, but had no effect on fine particulate concentrations, a key contributor to air pollution.

Near real-time data can give key insights into how the pandemic and economic shutdown have impacted behavior in California. Using Caltrans traffic sensor data and Apple data, economists show that travel in California dropped precipitously when the stay-at-home orders were issued—down 40% to 80%, depending on the data source—but the rate of decline varied considerably by regions within the state.

While the stay-at-home order did reduce travel, the report found that the shutdown had no effect on fine particulate concentrations, a key contributor to air pollution.

Full article can be found at https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/30/4c/304cd12d-bcae-4ebb-8f5c-288695030eca/v23n5_4.pdf.

To read ARE Update's Special Issue: Implications of the Coronavirus Pandemic on California Food, Agriculture, and the Environment, visit https://bit.ly/ARECOVID19impact or https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/d4/e0/d4e0d72d-648c-4a0e-9048-cef6d9f2ba77/v23n5.pdf.

Commodity profiles can be found at

Tree nuts: https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/39/03/39034f6d-91f4-4586-9763-8217ad918726/v23n5_5.pdf

Dairy: https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/56/56/5656cdf0-828a-4450-a370-2b0d11ebccba/v23n5_6.pdf

Wine: https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/1b/1e/1b1e7efc-9102-46c9-941d-6db585f25a4b/v23n5_7.pdf

Cattle: https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/9a/dd/9add77d9-5328-45a2-8587-7723e383656e/v23n5_8.pdf

Produce: https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/a8/84/a8841573-334e-47f4-9716-b765be5fb9fe/v23n5_9.pdf

Strawberry: https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/6a/03/6a0331aa-30fe-47d6-97e7-1d6d437ec6fc/v23n5_10.pdf

Tomatoes: https://s.giannini.ucop.edu/uploads/giannini_public/da/1c/da1cfffb-a333-46c2-b36f-162f8e2d3b5a/v23n5_11.pdf

 

Posted on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 2:48 PM
  • Author: Diane Nelson, UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
  • Author: Tiffany Loveridge, UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
Tags: coronavirus (3)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Environment Food

The Who's Who of COVID-19 Experts at UC Davis-Based Symposium

The UC Davis-based Third COVID-19 Symposium will take place Wednesday, June 3. A pre-program starts at 4:30, and the panelists will convene from 5 to 7 p.m.

The panelists and participants in the UC Davis-based Third COVID-19 Symposium are literally "the who's who" of experts. Newly named to the symposium is Paul Allan...

The UC Davis-based Third COVID-19 Symposium will take place Wednesday, June 3. A pre-program starts at 4:30, and the panelists will convene from 5 to 7 p.m.
The UC Davis-based Third COVID-19 Symposium will take place Wednesday, June 3. A pre-program starts at 4:30, and the panelists will convene from 5 to 7 p.m.

The UC Davis-based Third COVID-19 Symposium will take place Wednesday, June 3. A pre-program starts at 4:30, and the panelists will convene from 5 to 7 p.m.

Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 4:44 PM

Could Bee Sting Therapy Possibly Have a Role in COVID-19 Treatment?

Can bee venom therapy have a role in treating COVID-19 patients? That remains to be seen or studied.  This image shows a bee sting in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Could bee sting therapy possibly have a role in COVID-19 treatment? Maybe. Maybe not. Should in-depth, scientific research be launched? Yes, say a trio of researchers in an...

Can bee venom therapy have a role in treating COVID-19 patients? That remains to be seen or studied.  This image shows a bee sting in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Can bee venom therapy have a role in treating COVID-19 patients? That remains to be seen or studied. This image shows a bee sting in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Can bee venom therapy have a role in treating COVID-19 patients? That remains to be seen or studied. This image shows a bee sting in action. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A frame of honey bees.  (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A frame of honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A frame of honey bees. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2020 at 6:31 PM
Focus Area Tags: Health Innovation

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