Seeking Food Security: Environmental Factors Influencing Home Food Preservation and Wellness, Part I: 1910-1959

Sharon Y. Nickols, Elizabeth L. Andress, Gina G. Peek, Sharon M. Nickols-Richardson

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Abstract

Concerns about food scarcity, quality, and safety and the ability to maintain family wellness have arisen episodically throughout the last century. Major developments that triggered these concerns occurred in the natural environment, the economy, and technology along with changes in family roles and resources. In this two-part study, relationships among environmental crises and trends and strategies undertaken by households and federal agencies seeking to achieve food security and wellness in the United States were examined for the years 1910-1959 (Part I) and 1960-2010 (Part II). Using multidisciplinary historical research, recent survey data, and an ecosystem theoretical framework, the interrelationships among key historical events and wellness- and food-related responses were described. From 1910 to 1959, industrialization, world wars, drought, and technology substantially influenced home food preservation practices and governmental standards for food safety and human nutrient requirements for achieving wellness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)122-136
Number of pages15
JournalFamily and Consumer Sciences Research Journal
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dietary guidelines
  • Food security
  • Home food preservation
  • Human ecosystem
  • Wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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