Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Dr. Ramon Borges-Mendez
Dr. Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger
The following research paper begins with an acknowledgement of the global food crisis and, more specifically, the agribusiness model of food production and distribution in the United States. It then zeroes in on the fundamental issues with many of the United States food movements. It then outlines a narrative with the frame that food security is a human right by elucidating concepts of food justice and food sovereignty. Once this foundation has been laid, the paper examines chronic food-related ailments (diabetes and coronary heart disease) in Worcester, Massachusetts, and how these ailments are related to racial/ethnic minorities (Black and Hispanic/Latino populations) and median household income. Through an analysis of both the existing literature and the spatial patterns evident in the city of Worcester, MA, this paper aims to understand the components of food insecurity and how they are related to chronic diseases in Worcester, MA. Finally, this paper builds upon the theoretical foundation for structural change by offering models of initiatives which could be implemented in Worcester and beyond.
Wriggins, Adam, "Agribusiness, Food Insecurity, and Chronic Diet-Related Ailments in Worcester, MA: Toward a Nuanced Narrative" (2018). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 198.