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Feng Qiu

Other affiliations: North Carolina State University
Bio: Feng Qiu is an academic researcher from University of Alberta. The author has contributed to research in topics: Land use & Agricultural land. The author has an hindex of 11, co-authored 39 publications receiving 335 citations. Previous affiliations of Feng Qiu include North Carolina State University.

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TL;DR: The authors integrated community gardens and farmers' markets into a spatial analysis of food deserts in the City of Edmonton, Canada, and found that community gardens tend to cluster with supermarkets, so that neighborhoods that have poor access to supermarkets also tend to have limited access to community gardens.

80 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the effects of socio-economic status on residents' fresh food access in Saskatoon and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada have been comprehensively explored using spatial regression models, showing that areas with a larger percentage of population density, single-parent households, senior populations, higher educational populations, and minority groups tend to have higher access to supermarkets and local grocery stores.

37 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors incorporate fragmentation and neighboring impacts into the farmland conversion analysis and provide new insights for the land-use/cover change literature, showing that increases in fragmentation further encourage farmland conversion to urban uses, but the effects are not linear with decreasing marginal influences.

33 citations

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Wei Lu1, Feng Qiu1
TL;DR: The authors investigated the accessibility of supermarkets and farmers' markets in the city of Calgary, Canada and identified two communities with proportionately large populations of children and seniors coupled with low income levels and limited access to healthy food sources, were identified as food deserts.
Abstract: A significant amount of research has examined supermarket accessibility, and food deserts have been identified among high-need residents. However, little research has explored the changes that occur in terms of access to healthy food when taking farmers' markets into consideration. Furthermore, few researchers have emphasized communities with large populations of children and seniors. This study investigated the accessibility of supermarkets and farmers' markets in the city of Calgary, Canada. Two communities with proportionately large populations of children and seniors coupled with low income levels and limited access to healthy food sources, were identified as food deserts. The results also suggested that farmers' markets provide surrounding neighbourhoods with significant benefits, even though the overall alleviating effects on the lack of access to healthy food are limited. Les deserts alimentaires sont-ils presents a Calgary, Canada ? De nombreux travaux de recherche ont etudie l'accessibilite aux supermarches et ont revele une association entre les deserts alimentaires et les residents ayant des besoins criants. Cependant, peu de travaux se sont penches sur les changements qu'entraine la prise en compte des marches de producteurs pour faciliter l'acces a des aliments sains. En outre, peu de chercheurs ont privilegie les communautes composees d'un grand nombre d'enfants et de personnes âgees. Une exploration de la question de l'accessibilite aux supermarches et aux marches de producteurs a ete menee dans la ville de Calgary, Canada. Deux communautes ayant des populations relativement elevees d'enfants et de personnes âgees, des faibles revenus et un approvisionnement reduit en aliments sains ont ete identifiees comme des deserts alimentaires. Il ressort egalement de l'etude que les marches de producteurs apportent des benefices significatifs aux quartiers environnants, meme si l'attenuation des consequences du manque d'acces a des aliments sains est de portee limitee.

26 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors used remote sensing data to assess the extent of agricultural land converted to developed (built-up) land in Alberta, Canada, from 2000 to 2012, and further investigated the impacts of population growth and conversion activities in the neighboring areas on agricultural land conversion.
Abstract: This study uses remote sensing data to assess the extent of agricultural land converted to developed (built-up) land in Alberta, Canada, from 2000 to 2012. Pairing aggregated conversion values with county-level census data, we further investigate the impacts of population growth and conversion activities in the neighboring areas on agricultural land conversion. To account for the omitted variable bias and spatial dependency, a first-differenced spatial regression model is used. The results show that spillover effects can be attributed to both neighbor conversion activities and neighboring population growth. Controlling for spatial dependence is important for producing estimates with minimized risk of bias. A policymaker who considers land use strategies in isolation from neighbors may make decisions with potentially adverse impacts. The dominant influences of population growth and spatial lag effects direct recommendations on regional planning mandates and mechanisms that promote densification in urban areas.

25 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, experts from around the world explore how global trends, state policies and grassroots movements affect contemporary rural areas in both developed and developing countries and present evidence of the vital importance of rural people and places, particularly in terms of environmental conservation.
Abstract: Although most countries in the world are rapidly urbanizing, the majority of the global population – particularly the poor – continue to live in rural areas. This Handbook rejects the popular notion that urbanization should be universally encouraged and presents clear evidence of the vital importance of rural people and places, particularly in terms of environmental conservation. Expert contributors from around the world explore how global trends, state policies and grassroots movements affect contemporary rural areas in both developed and developing countries.

268 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the impact of remittances on economic growth in six high remittance receiving countries, namely Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania and Bosnia Herzegovina during the period 1999-2013, was analyzed.
Abstract: Remittances in the world represent one of major international financial resources, which sometimes they exceed the flows of foreign direct investment (FDI). For centuries, there have been heated debates on the sources of economic growth in developing economies and also why some countries reflect strong economic growth comparing to others. This study aims to observe the impacts of remittances on economic growth, using panel data set of six high remittances receiving countries, Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania and Bosnia Herzegovina during the period 1999–2013. These countries have experienced a major increase in remittance inflows, and at this time accounts for the bulk of total remittance receipts, compared with other regions. Most countries, remittances represent the largest source of foreign exchange earnings and represent more than 10 percent of GDP. In other words, the econometric analysis will be based on those six remittance receiving countries. The paper is then to review the empirical literature devoted to the impact of remittances on economic growth, in order, to identify empirically if there are significant relationships between remittances and growth in these countries. The results suggest that remittances have a positive impact on growth and that this impact increases at higher levels of remittances relative to GDP.

209 citations

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01 Jan 1987
TL;DR: This paper used a hedonic land value study to determine the value of erosion control and drainage using data from North Carolina, showing that land values are significantly affected by both potential erosivity and drainage requirements.
Abstract: Valuing farmland improvements is important for individual farmers and policy makers. This paper demonstrates the use of a hedonic land value study to determine the value of erosion control and drainage using data from North Carolina. Land values are significantly affected by both potential erosivity and drainage requirements. This study's estimates are compared with estimates derived from a variety of other types of studies.

182 citations

16 Nov 2011
TL;DR: Evidence is provided that investments for broader program implementation based on "best practice" are justified and changes in diets, activity levels, and body weight between 2008 and 2010 contrasted changes observed among students elsewhere in the province.
Abstract: BackgroundIn 2005, we reported on the success of Comprehensive School Health (CSH) in improving diets, activity levels, and body weights. The successful program was recognized as a "best practice" and has inspired the development of the Alberta Project Promoting active Living and healthy Eating (APPLE) Schools. The project includes 10 schools, most of which are located in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas. The present study examines the effectiveness of a CSH program adopted from a "best practice" example in another setting by evaluating temporal changes in diets, activity levels and body weight.MethodsIn 2008 and 2010, we surveyed grade 5 students from approximately 150 randomly selected schools from the Canadian province of Alberta and students from 10 APPLE Schools. Students completed the Harvard Youth/Adolescent Food Frequency Questionnaire, questions on physical activity, and had their height and weight measured. Multilevel regression methods were used to analyze changes in diets, activity levels, and body weight between 2008 and 2010.ResultsIn 2010 relative to 2008, students attending APPLE Schools were eating more fruits and vegetables, consuming fewer calories, were more physically active and were less likely obese. These changes contrasted changes observed among students elsewhere in the province.ConclusionsThese findings provide evidence on the effectiveness of CSH in improving health behaviors. They show that an example of "best practice" may lead to success in another setting. Herewith the study provides the evidence that investments for broader program implementation based on "best practice" are justified.

133 citations

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TL;DR: In this article, the domestic market impact of wheat export controls in Russia and Ukraine during the 2007/2008 global food crisis within a spatial price transmission approach was analyzed. But the authors focused on the domestic markets and did not consider the effect of export control on the international market.

129 citations