Date of Award
Senior Honors Thesis
College or School
Program or Major
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and EcoGastronomy
Bachelor of Science
Food is an integral part of everyday life for human beings, thus meriting particular attention from research and education. Looking further in depth at the factors that influence food, it becomes apparent that this is a complex topic that is related to several systems within the constructs of society. Here, the food system is approached with the understanding that several systems influence food consumption options and decisions including the agricultural, economic, education, energy, health, and political systems. To identify the relationships more closely, a three-dimensional model was built to represent the food system and depict several key factors, their relationships, and feedback loops that exist within the system. Overall, 20 factors, 50 relationships, and 4 feedback loops were defined. These relationships were then explored to define not only their existence, but also what influence each factor imposes on the others.
Newnan, Jessica Erin, "More Than Food: An Analysis of Multidimensional Relationships in Our Food System" (2017). Honors Theses and Capstones. 329.
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