First Advisor

Schmidt, Terry

Second Advisor

Penheiter, Kristi


Regis College

Degree Name



Regis College Senior Honors Program

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

95 pages


There are few elements of public policy as important, or as deeply personal, as food policy. Government intervention in agriculture has been an expected norm in the United States since the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933, but how has their action affected the individual rights of the consumer? This thesis aims to address the effects of eighty years of policy through direct impacts of legislation in the areas of biofuels, genetically modified foods, and corporate welfare.

The agricultural industrial machine has made the United States one of the world's top exporters for food, but at the cost of competition in the marketplace and personal freedom. Implications of US policy are both domestic and global, in today's world and pending in the future.

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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