Food systems and public health disparities

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The United States has set a national goal to eliminate health disparities. This article emphasizes the importance of food systems in generating and exacerbating health disparities in the United States and suggests avenues for reducing them. It presents a conceptual model showing how broad food system conditions interplay with community food environments-and how these relationships are filtered and refracted through prisms of social disparities to generate and exacerbate health disparities. Interactions with demand factors in the social environment are described. The article also highlights the separate food systems pathway to health disparities via environmental and occupational health effects of agriculture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-314
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jul 2009


  • Access to food
  • Agriculture
  • Farm Bill
  • Health disparities
  • Healthy foods
  • Public health
  • Sustainably produced food

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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