A Systematic Review of Socially-Inclusive Food Policy in America

Video Recording
2020
  • Author(s)
    Joe F. Bozeman III and Thomas L. Theis

Food system activities - such as food production from agriculture and livestock cultivation – arguably have the largest impact on global environmental change. The United States (U.S.) disproportionately contributes to this change through land impact, water use, and greenhouse gas emission. We posit that reducing environmental change activities in the U.S. will require the development and enforcement of socially-inclusive food policy. However, there is a gap in food policy research since there has been no systematic review of socially-inclusive food policy in the U.S. We address this by performing what we know to be the first systematic review of socially-inclusive food policy in the U.S. Our results show that U.S. food policy is not socially-inclusive in the vast majority of cases, which includes a total of 2,002 policies initially reviewed. Furthermore, results show that only about 16% (3) of the food policies systematically reviewed (19) meet adequate socially-inclusive criteria. Our findings suggest that U.S. food policymakers standardize the use of socially-inclusive terminology and concepts into policy development activities. The implications of not doing so could intensify environmental challenges associated with food production that already persist domestically and globally.


Well done, Joe!


Great video Joe, congrats!


Thx @KK and @Aristide :)


The video is really impressively put together, agreed. I am really interested in how you are thinking about the intersectionality of social inclusivity and environment in reviewing the food system policy. That might be threading a needle but it seems important. Any thoughts on whether that might be a future study?


@Lynnette: Thx and Yes: we look at the environment as an associate factor in this study but do not investigate correlations/impacts (in relation to social-inclusivity), to align with our research question and study aims. However, you are right in that this deserves further exploration. I'm surely up for those interested in collaboration.


This is so relevant and timely (and long overdue) in the time of COVID and the current unrest in the US. Thank you for this research. It should be a semester course, policy paper or even a book at some point so that more people can understand the wide-reaching systems that need to be reformed. I look forward to learning more so I can help advocate for improvements.


@Maureen: Wow. Thx for this :) Much appreciated.