Catherine Keske, Ph.D..

Bottle Cove, Newfoundland (CANADA)

Catherine Keske  Ph.D.

catherine keske food security
Select Publications
Select Presentations and Outreach Publications
  • Hoag, D.L., and Keske, C.M., 2006, Food Safety Overview.  Issues:  Understanding Controversy and Society, In ABC-CLIO Electronic Publications.  ISBN:  978-1-598-84047-6. 
  • May 9, 2015.  Dare, Jennifer Brooke, C.M.H. Keske.  Building Indicators of Food Sovereignty in Newfound and Labrador (NL).  Food Futures NL, Food Advocacy Research at Memorial (FARM).  May 9, 2015.
  • January 30, 2015.  Keske, C.M.H.  Food Security, Food Sovereignty, and the Agricultural Supply Chain in Newfoundland and Labrador.  The Department of Economics Visiting Speaker Series, Support for Scholarship in the Arts, by Vice President Academic, St. John’s, NL. 
  • November 6, 2014.  Keske, C.M.H.  Home Grown:  Trends in Agricultural Economics and Small Scale Agricultural Production.  Symposium:  Our Food, Our Future, Research That Feeds Newfoundland and Labrador.  Sponsored by Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources Agrifoods Development Branch.  Corner Brook, NL.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
  •    CBC’s “The Central Morning Show with Leigh Ann Power”.                         Food security in central Newfoundland.
  •    CBC’s “Cross Talk with Ramona Dearing”.  Food security and fresh food in Newfoundlan  and Labrador. 
  •     CBC’s Bernice Hillier”.      Food security and agricultural economics in Newfoundland and Labrador. 
VOCM Radio and News
  • “Grenfell Project Looks at Returning Food in NL to Sustainability” VOCM News Interview and Article.
  • “VOCM News, St. John’s with Fred Hutton.  Food security and the Newfoundland Labrador food supply chain. 
  • “NTV-4 News with Dan Bradshaw, First Edition and The Carter File”. 
           Food security and Boreal Ecosystem Research Initiative (BERI). 
  • “Western Star Interview with Diane Crocker”. Researcher looking at cost effectiveness, commercial viability of growing food locally. 

Food Security, Sovereignty, and Justice

Interest in food security, sovereighty and justice is growing rapidly.  These concepts can be difficult to understand and apply in any context, but they are especially difficult in the Boreal ecosystem found in Newfoundland, Labrador and neighboring Saint-Pierre and Miquelon.   These climates are cold and harsh, the soils thin and rocky, and people are iscolated by an ocean that grants the only access to trading partners.  This research looks at the unique needs in this environment and seeks to address how people can improve their lives through food security, sovereighnto and justice.
Selected links
Please see my academic homepage for more information
Selected Links
Memorial University Face Forward: Food For Thought
CBC News: An Island Orchard
Western Star: Economics of Agriculture
Western Star:  Boreal Ecosystem Agriculture
catherine keske conservation
Select Publications
  • Hou, Lingling, D.L. Hoag, and C.M.H. Keske, 2015, Abatement costs of soil conservation in China’s Loess Plateau: Balancing income with conservation in an agricultural system.  Journal of Environmental Management, 149, pp. 1-8.
  • Hou, Lingling, D.L. Hoag, C.M.H. Keske, and Changhe Lu, 2014, Sustainable value of degraded soils in China's Loess Plateau: An updated approach.  Ecological Economics, 97, pp. 20-27.
Select Presentations and Outreach Publications
  • August 14, 2015.  Hou, L., D.L. Hoag, and C.M.H. Keske.  The Influence of Externalities on Inter-temporal Management of Soil Capital: A Dynamic Programming Approach” (ID:778). 29th Triennial Conference of the International Conference of Agricultural Economists (ICAE), CP(O)-0618.  Milan, Italy.  August 9-14, 2015.  Refereed. 


Soil Conservation in China

China's growing population has and continues to put tremendous pressure on natural resources such as soil that are essential to produce the food they will need for food security in the future.  I worked on a unique project to look for conservation technologies that could be used to conserve soil, while also providing income for poor farmers in one of the most eroded systems in the world, the Loess Plateau.  Currently, the government is replacing crops with forests that don't cause much erosion but also don't provide income. By estimating abatement costs of soil conservation, we identified systems that could provide income while protecting soils