Master’s Thesis Defense - Kyle Metta - May 20

Date: May 20, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Natural Resources RM 130

Modeling Household Food & Nutrition Security: A Participatory System Dynamics Model from Detroit, MI

Master’s Thesis Defense

by Kyle Metta

Friday, May 20, 2016

Time: 3 p.m.

Room 130, Natural Resources Building


The local food policy council have emerged as a grass roots model over the last 30 years to address and fill gaps in the food policy arena. Their aim is often big, to tackle the complexities, injustices, and gaps in food policy. They are often incorporate a systems lens of the food system and take on challenges of food sovereignty, food security, local control, and justice. For this project, we partnered with the Detroit Food Policy Council and local community partner FoodPlus Detroit, to examine the concept of community food security and understand more fully how it may be achieved in the City of Detroit.

Through a participatory process called group model building, this research identifies systemic barriers to food and nutritional security and uses a simulation model to identify areas for local policy intervention. The system dynamics model simulates a household embedded in multiple levels of complex tension - from the effects of household finances, to the impact of an evolving “culture of convenience”, the model explores how changes in the local and larger food system may manifest in terms of food and nutrition security.

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