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Characterizing the Local Food Environment in Albuquerque, New Mexico: A Dual Perspective of Retailer and Consumer


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Characterizing the Local Food Environment in Albuquerque, New Mexico: A Dual Perspective of Retailer and Consumer

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dc.contributor.author Lenzer, Kathryn
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-30T18:17:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-30T18:17:41Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-30
dc.date.submitted July 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13097
dc.description.abstract This research used local produce as a way to investigate the construction and meaning of the local food environment by food retailers and consumers in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The research consisted of three components. First, the observed local food environment was defined through store surveys that were conducted in 193 food retail outlets and farmers’ markets in the Albuquerque study area. These surveys were performed in order to collect information, through signage and other advertising materials, about how retailers defined “local” produce. The subsequent qualitative text analysis on these materials allowed for several themes to emerge that characterized the observed local food environment. Spatial themes included natural, political, radial and conceptual boundaries, while embedded value themes included environmental, social, economic, cultural and quality values. Second, these resulting themes were combined into a Likert scale questionnaire that collected attitudes from consumers about local food in order to understand how the local food environment was perceived. Through the analysis of survey responses, consumers’ attitudes towards themes found in the observed local food environment were evaluated. Consumer questionnaire responses were given an overall score and then categorized based upon the stores at which the consumer bought produce. Third, consumer responses were linked back to their appropriate retailer category to conclude if attitudes about local produce were affected by where the respondent shopped for produce. Results indicate that there are many similarities between the retailer-defined and consumer-perceived definitions of local produce through the use of spatial criteria and embedded values, but these definitions are variable and the motivations for retailers and consumers to define various criteria of “local” are different. Additionally, although consumers do not appear to receive information regarding meanings and definitions of local produce exclusively through the retailers at which they shop, both retailers and consumers display a need to have some sort of defined space as “local”. However, despite this need to define a space as local, a stark absence of cartographic visualization was found within retail outlets to communicate the spatial meaning of local. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject produce en_US
dc.subject food environment en_US
dc.subject food retailer en_US
dc.subject "local" en_US
dc.title Characterizing the Local Food Environment in Albuquerque, New Mexico: A Dual Perspective of Retailer and Consumer en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Geography en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of Geography en_US
dc.description.advisor Duvall, Chris
dc.description.committee-member Zandbergen, Paul
dc.description.committee-member Carr, John

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