Improving Access to Healthy Food

Michelle Worosz, an associate professor at Auburn University’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, is working to solve problems affecting food access, nutrition, and education across the state of Alabama. She is helping students understand how the American food system functions and changes due to social processes. Students complete a semester-long project that teaches them how complicated it is to get food from farm to table. Worosz and her coworkers are also addressing the system’s shortcomings. They learned that the matter of how much food is available and how easily people can get it is one of Alabamians’ main concerns. Knowing this strengthened Worosz’s desire to increase food security and and provide economic opportunities to rural communities. Worosz was one of a small group who established the Alabama Food Policy Council in 2012. She has been conducting extensive research with colleagues and students, but still thinks she has a long way to go.

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