Monday, June 01, 2020

Survey by New Mexico universities to examine food insecurity amid pandemic

Researchers at New Mexico’s two largest public universities are teaming up to analyze food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic. New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico are asking residents over the age of 18 to complete a survey about access to and affordability of food. “Our goal is [to] gather a representative sample of the state to figure out how needs related to food access have changed during the pandemic,” said Stephanie Rogus, an assistant professor of family and consumer sciences at New Mexico State who studies food assistance programs. “We hope to pull something together describing what trends we’re seeing in the state in terms of food security and access.” The survey, which is available in English and Spanish and will be open for a month, asks questions about the types of stores New Mexicans have bought food from both during the past 12 months and since March 11...MORE

 I'm going to make the wild prediction the survey will show that during the pandemic: a) both access to food and food affordability were negatively impacted by the pandemic, and b) the dire situation highlights the weaknesses in our current system and deserves further study.

Others should do a study on how government grants to study problems created by government results in the discovery of even more problems that demand additional research grants. I won't venture a prediction on the findings of this research project because, as we all know, it will depend on who does the research.

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