“Chapter 10: To what extent is it a free speech issue to allow marketers to put out whatever messages they wish, targeting whomever they wish, with whatever frequency they wish? What about if they mask their identities?” (Hawkes, 2015) The marketing sector of the US food system has a very influential presence in the food… Read More

Blog V: Farm Programs, Policies, and Commodity Crops “Farm programs have changed significantly since the New Deal, most notably when most commodity programs shifted from policies maintaining prices at a level that supported farmers, to policies that subsidized farmers when prices were too low. How do these changes in policy affect farm size and the… Read More

There are significant differences between probability sampling and nonprobability sampling.  Most notably probability sampling techniques are implemented to ensure random selection of each person (element) within a sample.  A sampling frame is used to create a “framework” of elements from which a random sample will be selected.  The sample will then be generalized against the… Read More

Blog IV: Those especially affected by food insecurity-Ch. 5 “American Indians and Latino immigrants have especially high rates of food insecurity and are among the communities most difficult to reach.  Knowing the complexity of food insecurity, what structural factors do you think affect these communities, which may increase their food insecurity rates?  How might they… Read More

The chapter authors write that it is possible that over the middle and longer term, food system environmental threats might contribute to making the healthy and sustainable choice the affordable choice.  This statement is presented as a discussion question for Chapter 3, and my response is to either agree with or disagree with the statement. … Read More

The CITI training was a valuable instructional tool that provided training related research, being divided into 13 individual training modules ranging from the Belmont Report and course introduction to HIPPA Privacy Protections.  When reflecting on the training provided in the CITI program and what we have read at this point in the text there was… Read More

In what ways does industrialized farming affect ecological integrity?”  In order to address this question it is first important to understand the definitions of both industrialized farming and ecological integrity.  Industrialized farming can be defined as “industrial agriculture, or agribusiness, applies the techniques of the Industrial Revolution—mechanization and standardization—to the production of food” (Friedland, 2012,… Read More