Title

Hungry Amidst Plenty: Understanding Food Insecurity in Rural Oregon

Date

6-1-2017 3:15 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 3:45 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Chair

Katherine Miller

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Why are poverty and food insecurity still problems in the United States given that powerful institutions have been working to solve them for decades? The United States is the wealthiest country in the world and it produces most of the world’s agricultural products; still, there are many who struggle with hunger. Oregon in particular continues to struggle with these issues. The USDA ranks Oregon as twenty-eighth in agricultural production among U.S. states. The Oregon Farm Bureau reports that the state exports forty percent of its agricultural products. This proposed study seeks to investigate the factors behind food insecurity in Monmouth, a community in Polk County where some inhabitants struggle with food insecurity despite living in a fertile agricultural zone. Drawing on participant observation, oral interviews, and life histories, it will unearth why some inhabitants of this university town, located in the heart of the rich and fertile Willamette Valley, are hungry amidst plenty. It will also examine the ways in which they respond to this growing issue of food insecurity.

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Jun 1st, 3:15 PM Jun 1st, 3:45 PM

Hungry Amidst Plenty: Understanding Food Insecurity in Rural Oregon

WUC Willamette Room

Why are poverty and food insecurity still problems in the United States given that powerful institutions have been working to solve them for decades? The United States is the wealthiest country in the world and it produces most of the world’s agricultural products; still, there are many who struggle with hunger. Oregon in particular continues to struggle with these issues. The USDA ranks Oregon as twenty-eighth in agricultural production among U.S. states. The Oregon Farm Bureau reports that the state exports forty percent of its agricultural products. This proposed study seeks to investigate the factors behind food insecurity in Monmouth, a community in Polk County where some inhabitants struggle with food insecurity despite living in a fertile agricultural zone. Drawing on participant observation, oral interviews, and life histories, it will unearth why some inhabitants of this university town, located in the heart of the rich and fertile Willamette Valley, are hungry amidst plenty. It will also examine the ways in which they respond to this growing issue of food insecurity.