Broke at the buffet: food insecurity in America

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dc.contributor.author Hawley, Charles William
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-14T20:31:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-14T20:31:56Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-14T20:31:56Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/1676
dc.description.abstract It is the intention of this thesis to come to a better understanding of the factors that lead to food insecurity, a concept for understanding if people have enough food to eat. The tool for household measurement was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture, and is the backbone of the Food Security Supplement, which is conducted annually as part of the Current Population Survey. Three literature are reviewed: concentration of markets, civic agriculture and localism, and food security and nutrition. Each approaches understanding food security from a different angle offering insights along with its shortcomings. Most US studies consider food insecurity as a contributing component of poor health. In this study, I ask instead, "What are the major predictors of household food insecurity?" Using data from the Food Security Supplement of the Current Population Survey from 2000 to 2007, I use descriptive statistics and logistic regression to investigate the causes of food insecurity. I show that as currently measured food insecurity is largely a function of economic inequalities. Within this broad finding, however, I also show that households in a principal city and nonmetropolitan counties are not more likely than other households to experience food insecurity even when controlling for economic and sociodemographic variables. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Food Security en
dc.subject Sociology en
dc.title Broke at the buffet: food insecurity in America en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en
dc.description.level Masters en
dc.description.department Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work en
dc.description.advisor Spencer D. Wood en
dc.subject.umi Sociology, General (0626) en
dc.date.published 2009 en
dc.date.graduationmonth August en


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