This project maps the rise of food system security as a boundary spanning policy problem and its prospects as an integrative component of food and agricultural policy in the United States. With the rise of terrorism as a national concern in the United States, there is increasing attention to issues that span the boundary of traditional policy areas such as food system security. Food system security has encroached on traditional conceptions of what constitutes national food and agricultural policy, both broadening and disrupting existing policy agendas. This project investigates the incorporation ofvarious elements of food system security (e.g., climate change, terrorism, critical infrastructure, agriculture, etc) into a coherent regime for public policy. The empirical foundation of this project is an original data set of 46,000 reports of the Government Accountability Office (GAO). This data is coded by topic and agency according to the substantive dimensions of the food system security issue, the relevant set of players involved at the federal level, and the types of information generated in the policy area. Under each article, recommendations and matters of discussions are listed, as well as whether or not the subject has been closed and implemented, along with any additional comments. Using this detailed coding, the project assesses information processing in the area of food system security across time and institutions.
Sarbacker, E. (2016, April). Food System Security in the U.S. Poster session presented at the University of Oklahoma's Undergraduate Research Day, Norman, OK.