Faculty Sponsor

Stephen Bagwell

Final Abstract for URS Program

Food system awareness is increasingly prevalent in international development and relations. In particular, the impact of food systems on climate change, and the impact of climate change on the capacity of production form a feedback loop that has the potential to have a severe impact on the future. Whether this contribution will be positive or negative hangs in the balance, but the window of opportunity for forming and implementing such policies may be closing. In many ways, this understanding of food as a fundamental force in shaping the lives of people, particularly those who will be severely impacted and face disproportionately negative consequences, is the basis of the concept of food justice, which the UN and other international bodies have recently prioritized as essential to Human Rights.

Understanding the nexus of state power, economic activity, social preference, and food systems is important to both forming these policies and, even more significantly, to the effective public presentation and implementation of such policies. Food Regime Theory takes a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the base ideologies and institutions that form the prevailing tendencies of states toward food policy. As such, it has the potential to be used as a framework for understanding how to address some of the most pressing problems of the modern age.

This research project attempts to apply the Food Regime Theory paradigm to understanding the aggregate effect of political, economic, and social activity on food systems.

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URS Paper Submission.pdf (904 kB)
Research Paper FRT Analysis for Farm Size Change