The Sci-Files – 03/15/2020 – Aaron Staples – Beer Economics and Sustainability

Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes

On this week’s The Sci-Files, your hosts Chelsie and Danny interview Aaron Staples.

Aaron is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is originally from Massachusetts, where he completed my undergraduate studies prior to attending Purdue University. There, he attained his Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, writing his thesis on consumer valuation of different sustainability attributes in beer. Now, much of his research focuses on the complexity of agricultural value chains, with beer and hops being the primary focus. His current projects examine producer and consumer valuation of localness, marketing strategies for hop farmers, sustainability in brewing, and price analysis of the hop market.

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