Food Policy

I have had the fortune of working with a variety of dedicated individuals involved in sustainable food systems for over fifteen years as a grower, advocate, policymaker and researcher.  My educational experiences -- a PhD in Anthropology with dissertation fieldwork on Tohono O’odham food systems, JD with focus in agricultural and intellectual property rights law, and MS in Sustainable Systems with focus on agroecology -- all inform my multidisciplinary approach to food systems.  These educational experiences have been supplemented by work experience on a variety of farms in Pennsylvania (Market Garden and Community Supported Agriculture operations), West Virginia (Lightstone Foundation & Farm Demonstration Center), Florida (organic blueberry farm) and Arizona (Native Seeds/SEARCH) as well as policymaking and development experience (as a Program Assistant in the Global Program for Food Security and Agriculture at the United Nations Development Program; as part of a team of lawyers and law students drafting the access to genetic resources law for Cuba; volunteering for Eco-Yoff/CRESP, a local NGO in Yoff, Senegal; and as a member of the Alaska Food Policy Council).  At the University of Alaska Fairbanks I have led teams of graduate and undergraduate student researchers to explore the Fairbanks food system, including projects on food assistance, food deserts, community-supported agriculture, and food preferences and consumption patterns.   


Related Publications:

In Progress (with Robert Bowman) "Mapping Subsistence and Food Production into Food Deserts: Space and food in the Fairbanks North Star Borough" 

In Progress (with Rachel Garcia and Philip Loring) "Community-Supported Agriculture in Interior Alaska" 

In Press (with Philip Loring) "Nutritional and Cultural Transitions in Alaska Native Food Systems: Legacies of Colonialism, Contested Innovation, and Rural-Urban Linkages." In Doing Nutrition Differently: Critical Approaches to Diet/Dietary Interventions. Mike Goodman, ed. Ashgate.

2012 "The Will To End Hunger in the Age of Security: Food Security, National Security and Community-Based Food Security in the United States. In Governing Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Political Labor, Power and Government. Kendra Coulter and William Schumann, eds. Palgrave-Macmillan.

2012 "Alaska (consumption, waste collection and disposal)" "Certified Products" "Farms"; "Food Consumption"; "Food Waste Behavior"; "Grocery Stores" The Encyclopedia of Consumption and Waste SAGE Publications Inc. 

2010 "Whose Food Security?: Confronting Expanding Commodity Production and the Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics." Drake Journal of Agricultural Law.

2009 (with Philip Loring) "From Crisis to Cumulative Effects: Food Security Challenges in Rural Alaska." NAPA Bulletin 32: 152-177. 

2008 "Continuity and Change in Tohono O’odham Food Systems: Implications for Dietary Interventions." Culture and Agriculture 30(1): 38-46.

2008  "Traditional Food Security: Tohono O’odham Traditional Foods in Transition", University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, Dissertation.  

2004 "The Meaning and Relevance of Food Security in the Context of Current Globalization Trends." Journal of Land Use & Environmental Law 19(2): 435-50.                       

2004 The Anthropological Significance and Conservation Strategies of Plant Genetic Resources. In Public Interest and Environment Conference Materials, Gainesville, Florida.      


Related Presentations

Chair and Presenter, “Mapping Subsistence and Production in the Fairbanks Food Desert,” Session: Food Deserts and Food Access. 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Seattle, Washington.

Chair and Session Organizer, Alaska Food Systems: Challenges and Opportunities.  2011 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropology Association, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Co-Presenter, Rachel Garcia and David Fazzino, “Constructions of Community in Community Supported Agriculture: Reflections of Producers and Consumers,” 2011 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropology Association, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Co-Presenter, Michael Wendt, Beth Mikow and David Fazzino, “Cultivating Name Recognition: A Survey and Statistical Analysis of the Perceptions, Attitudes, and Knowledge of Community Supported Agriculture in Fairbanks,” 2011 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropology Association, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Co-Presenter, Rob Bowman and David Fazzino, “Sociocultural and Geographical Approaches for Defining Food Deserts in Fairbanks, Alaska,” 2011 Annual Meeting of the Alaska Anthropology Association, Fairbanks, Alaska.

David Fazzino (Poster collaborator: Phillip Loring), “Disaster Politics and Cumulative Effects in Alaskan Food Systems,” 2010 The State of the Arctic Conference, Miami, Florida.  

Co-Presenter, David Fazzino and Phillip Loring, "“Anchorage? Uh Washington? Anyone? We have a problem!” Disaster Politics and Cumulative Effects in Alaskan Food Systems,” 2009 University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Anthropology Colloquium.  

Presenter, “Riding the Waves?: Food, Fish and Fuel to Fairbanks!,” 2009 Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  

Presenter, "Migrating Food Insecurity: Rural to Urban Movement Amongst Food Insecure Alaskans," 2008 Arctic Science Conference, Fairbanks, Alaska.

Presenter, "Tohono O'odham Traditional Foods: Here and Now, Then and There,” 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston, Massachusetts. 

Presenter, "Traditional Foods, Cultural Memory and Economics on the Tohono O’odham Nation" 2008 Andre Gunder Frank’s Legacy of Critical Social Science, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

Presenter, “Resilience and Revitalization of a Native American Food System - Traditional Food Security,” 2008 Food Security and Environmental Change: Linking Science, Technology and Policy for Adaptation, Oxford, UK.

Presenter, “Hard to Stomach: Contemporary Traditional Food Consumption on the Tohono O’odham Nation,”2008 Society for Cross-Cultural Research 37th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Presenter, “Dealing with Stress, Anxiety and Depression,” 2007 Diabetes Health Fair, Tohono O’odham Nation, Sells, Arizona.

Presenter, "Traditional Resource Access and Border Geographies of the Tohono O’odham Nation," 2007 Conference on the Social Sciences 3rd Annual Conference, Gainesville, Florida.

Presenter, “Happy and Healthy, Self Care Stress Management,” 2006 Diabetes Health Fair, Tohono O’odham Nation, Sells, Arizona.

Presenter, “Biodiversity = Sustainable Development?: Perils of the Convention on Biological Diversity,” 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, Georgia.                                                                                        

Presenter, “Impacts of Genetically Modified Organisms on Indigenous Peoples,” 2004 Public Interest and Environment Conference, Gainesville, Florida.    

Presenter, “Legislating the Seed: U.S. Law and Policy on Genetically Modified Seeds,” 2002 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.