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$149,074 USDA Grant Awarded To Track Shopping Patterns So Government Can Force Healthy Eating

July 18, 2013 by  

The Federal government will soon begin to examine American shopping patterns in order to find out where bureaucracy could best intervene in order to encourage Americans to make healthier choices with food purchases.

A $149,074 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant awarded to the University of Kentucky in April for the study titled, “Adolescent and Parent Food Activity Patterns as Drivers of Food Choice and Behaviors”, to track American food shopping habits.

The grant abstracts says, “There is limited research understanding how adolescents and their parents move within their daily lives which may influence their food choices and ultimately diet behavior.”

Researchers at the university will use the grant funds to provide families involved in a study with GPS tracking devices that will relate day-to-day travels with shopping habits.

“A lot of the work is on proximal deterrents — things that are close to you that would bring you to a store. For example, shopping venues that are in a person’s travel pattern – in their daily route, they may pass certain types of food establishments,” University of Kentucky professor Alison Gustafson told CNS.

“The GPS will help us map out a travel pattern, the geographic space and the number of food venues in this space. As well as the type — grocery stores, gas stations or super centers.”

Information from the study, and others like it, could be used by government officials to change zoning policies in order to ensure that healthy food establishments are in more abundance in heavily-traveled areas than less healthy options.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Paul Anthony

    It sounds like the folks at the University of Kentucky have way too much time on their hands – and too much tax-payer money.

  • John Woodbury

    Wow, it is not so neat how government wants to help its citizens and small businesses make better choices. Yea, America home of free enterprise, and so many freedoms.

  • jdn

    Yep , I can see it now excessive fast food and junk food taxes . The first answer to all perceived problems in government . I know its for our own good so they can fund Obama cars or Obama vacations or Obama boats .

  • Alex

    Only the Fright Wing fears investigation and research.

    The reason is that research and investigation daily show Conservative ‘truths’ to be delusion….

    • Kain

      Oh? Why don’t you volunteer for this study then, let them put a gps on you and track your every movement. Also, I’ve seen a lot of arguments from both sides, and truth tends to lie most often in the middle, rather than either extreme. However, when it comes to delusions, there’s a lot more of them coming from the far left ‘Progressive’ side than from the ‘Conservative’ camp

    • IsThisAmerica

      Are you still here? I know you libs can’t take a hint when your not wanted. Go spew your propaganda somewhere else.

  • WiSe GuY

    0bama’s Gestapo is getting larger.

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