Composting food scraps can prompt people to make other earth-friendly choices, new research has found. When one California city started a composting program to keep food waste out of its landfill, residents began to pay more attention to other environmentally sound practices, such as taking shorter showers, according to a study led by Nicole Sintov, an assistant professor of behavior, decision making and sustainability at The Ohio State University. Read more about this research here.
It’s been 20 years since agronomists have developed fertilizer recommendations in Ohio. But now, Ohio State University Extension is embarking on a major initiative to determine the optimal rates of fertilization on the state’s major crops. The goal is to not only maximize farm profitability, but also contribute to improved nutrient management and water quality in the state. The Ohio State University On-farm Fertilizer Trials project plans to gather data from hundreds of farms statewide over the next two to three years, said Steve Culman, soil fertility specialist with the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and researcher with the college’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.
A new analysis finds that almost all of America’s forests are vulnerable to increased drought and climate change. The study, which was published in February in the journal Global Change Biology, documents drought severity and frequency across the U.S. The analysis “brings together many different perspectives on drought impact in forests, and it is through this effort that the great reach drought can have on forests is clear,” said co-author Stephen Matthews, assistant professor of wildlife landscape ecology at The Ohio State University.
The London School of Economics US Centre’s daily blog on American Politics and Policy highlights a recently published journal article, “Business Attraction and Redistribution by U.S. Local Governments: To What Extent Is There a Zero-sum Relationship between Business and Citizens Interests?” co-authored by Lazarus Adua, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Northern Iowa and Linda Lobao, professor of rural sociology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. The article is published in State and Local Government Review. Utilizing data from a national survey of county governments, the authors investigate the relationship between business incentives and social services and find that counties are sustaining social safety nets even as they pursue business-friendly developmental policies.