Title page for ETD etd-12162008-043649


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zhang, Ge
Author's Email Address gezhang@vt.edu
URN etd-12162008-043649
Title Incorporating Food-away-from-Home into the Thrifty Food Plan
Degree Master of Science
Department Agricultural and Applied Economics
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
You, Wen Committee Chair
Davis, George C. Committee Co-Chair
Lin, Biing-Hwan Committee Member
Taylor, Daniel B. Committee Member
Keywords
  • FAFH
  • FLEX
  • the TFP
  • math programming
Date of Defense 2008-08-12
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study explores the impact of incorporating Food-away-from-Home (FAFH) into the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP). The new model of this study, FLEX, uses similar sets of datasets on prices, nutrition and average consumption pattern as those used in the TFP model. The 2001-2002 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data is used to generate average consumption and nutrient profiles. The relative price ratio of FAFH to FAH is assumed and fixed at 1.77. We compared nutrient intake, food intake and food expenditure amount across the FLEX, TFP, and the current low-income consumers’ consumption pattern. The overall finding is that moderate amount of FAFH can be a part of a balanced and nutritious diet and allowing FAFH as another food sources makes the diet recommendations relatively easier to follow. With the relative price assumption used in this study, considering FAFH does not make the diet plan unaffordable.
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