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.  Do you agree or disagree? (Neff, Palmer, McKenzie, Lawrence, 2015). What is Sustainability? Research suggests that the healthy and sustainable model for food… Read More

  Blog XII:  Food Challenge Do you have a chapter of Real Food Challenge on your campus?  If so, or if not, what sorts of interventions would be most helpful for improving your campus’ food environment? (Thayer, DeMarco, Calancie, Kay, and Ammerman, 2015).     Background The Real Food Challenge (RFC) is a national student… Read More

  Should cities consider zoning restrictions to limit fast food locations near schools?  Why or why not? (Truant, Neff, 2015). Introduction There is significant consideration being given to implementing zoning restrictions to reduce the availability of fast food locations near schools.  Central to this movement is the concern about the food environment of students.  According… Read More If some foods or ingredients are deemed addictive, and if food manufacturers who sell those products are aware of those findings, should they be held liable for costs associated with obesity? Why or why not? (Pinard, Yaroch, Smith, 2015). Food Addiction Current studies show that some foods and ingredients may be addictive.  These… Read More

  What can be done to reduce the trend toward large portions in restaurants? Will consumers patronize restaurants that shrink portion sizes? (Moshfegh, 2015). Eating away from home is a trend that has increased in the U.S. since the 1970s.  According to Moshfegh, food consumed away from home in 2007-2008 accounted for twice the proportion… Read More

Blog VIII: “What are the consequences of the consolidation of food companies into fewer but larger firms on consumers and farm producers? What, if anything, should be done to address such consolidation?” (McLaughlin, Edward W. and Gomez, Miguel I., 2015).      The United States has seen a major shift in the way food is distributed and… Read More Blog VII: IFAP Chapter 12 Food Animal Production: “What policies or interventions might be effective in addressing the harms associated with IFAP?  Which problems should be prioritized?  And why?  Who are the stakeholders who should be involved?  What barriers might need to be overcome?”  (Kim, Horrigan, Love, and Nachman, 2015).   Industrial agriculture, or… Read More

“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