Food values survey at Iowa State University

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2003-01-01
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Hasan, Amy
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Interest in local food systems as an alternative to the dominant agricultural system has increased greatly in the last twenty years. The main goal of this paper was to examine the food values of the Iowa State University campus community. This was accomplished by measuring interest levels within the ISU community towards a variety of different proposed food choices through an Internet survey to a randomly selected group composed of students, staff, and faculty. The data was analyzed to determine possible relationships between a variety of background and demographic characteristics and a respondent's attitudes towards locally procured foods, nutritional information of foods, and value-based labeled goods. The data suggested that high levels of observed interest in locally procured foods could, in many instances, be related to a respondent's background and their connection to Iowa State University. It could also be shown that women were more interested than men in the nutritional content of foods. This survey presented evidence of significant campus-wide interest in locally procured foods.

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