Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis


Environmental Studies

First Advisor

Meghan Reedy




This study looks at the food environment of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. It is specifically focused on food access and food preferences, and the relationships between a person’s educational background, household income, and geographic location and what they choose to eat based on what they have access to. Three different types of data were used: informational interviews; demographic questionnaires; and personal interviews. The questionnaires and personal interviews were answered by residents of Carlisle, and focused on their relationship to food and the role of food in their lives.

This study found that for most residents, geography had little impact on where people procured their food. Furthermore, only one of the neighborhoods included in the study showed signs of shared values and interests with regard to food, while people living in the other neighborhoods had widely varying views of food. Overall, there is a large interest in health, and a growing interest in the “alternative food movement,” an awareness of the environmental, social, economic, and health implications of food production (e.g. local, organic, humanely raised). Because of a skewed subject pool in comparison to the population of those living in Carlisle, this research was not able to confidently determine whether or not privilege, especially racial privilege, is in existence in Carlisle. It is clear however, that those living slightly above the poverty level face the largest challenges in accessing healthy food.

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