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Food and Agriculture Security

Examining Food Risk in the Large Using a Complex, Networked System-of-Systems Approach

Principal Investigator: 
John Ambrosiano
Our food production infrastructure is a highly complex system of systems (SOS). Many of the foods we eat are complex, manufactured products with many constituent ingredients, any one of which could be a source of contamination. The supply-distribution links connecting these systems are themselves...

Cross Cultural Differences in Attitudes Toward Food Safety and Food Defense

Principal Investigator: 
Thomas Stinson
An increasing percentage of the food Americans consume is harvested and processed outside its borders. The impossibility of inspecting all food imports for all potential contaminants makes the imported food supply a soft and attractive target for a terrorist attack. The economic losses due to the...

Continuous Tracking and Analyzing Consumer Confidence in the U.S. Food Supply Chain

Principal Investigator: 
Jean Kinsey; Dennis Degeneffe
This project involves a continuous survey of consumer attitudes, beliefs, preferences and buying intentions tracked along with media announcements about food safety and terrorist events. The resulting database and econometric models will provide a basis for understanding linkages between food...

The Economic Impact of a Catastrophic Terrorist Food System Attack

Principal Investigator: 
Thomas Stinson
The goal of this project is to use a customized food defense assessment survey to identify food vulnerability gaps (along the US-Mexico fresh produce supply chain) and collect relevant data on existing and potential practices on how such gaps can be bridged. Objectives 1 and 2 focus on risk...

The Role of Information Transmission and Coordination in Supply Chain

Principal Investigator: 
Hamid Mohtadi
This is an empirical analysis of firms response to safety, security and resilience considerations in food supply chains. The concepts of safety, security and resilience are strongly intertwined and there are spillovers. Specifically, this research measures firms' preparedness as an indicative...

Determining Optimum Investments in Security Measures and Assessing

Principal Investigator: 
Hamid Mohtadi
This study focuses on the role of information exchange and communication among food companies as a key element of supply chain resiliency to catastrophic incidents. Its goal is to identify optimum levels of investments needed to improve information exchange and communication among supply chain...

Supply Chain Benchmarking - Wholesale, Retail, and Food Service

Principal Investigator: 
Jean Kinsey
This project addresses the need to increase awareness of food system vulnerabilities among retail and wholesale food companies and to enhance companies' preparedness for catastrophic incidents. Initial interviews and pilot surveys identified management and operations practices that enhance...

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