Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Deidre Hill Butler
Food insecurity is rampant in the United States in both rural and urban settings. The limited access to affordable nutritious food and education about healthy eating, increase risks for diet related illness and impact community health. Through participant observation and analysis of various community-based initiatives, this thesis explores interconnections between community solutions and public policy. Six cases studies in New Mexico and New York are examined to better understand how communities and government programs must collaborate to create effective change. Further, each case study reveals similar factors of food injustice, yet modes of activism to counter attack food injustice are in place to encourage greater recognition of a problem permeating communities. Finally, this presentation and the longer thesis sheds light on the intersections of race, class, and place which contribute to food insecurity and activisms created to address the problem not fully recognized by larger structural institutions.
Weig-Pickering, Marley Noel, "Uprooting Food Injustice: A Qualitative Analysis of Activist Efforts Combating Food Deserts and Inequality" (2017). Honors Theses and Student Projects. 101.