This has been a very wide-ranging study, and my main conclusions
- On the basis of my Context Survey and Analysis, it is possible
to state that there is a major historic process of industrialisation
resulting in a high-tech food production industry. There is no
- The Government's Aims and Objectives do not refer to or engage
with the industrialisation process.
- There is a "collective amnesia" about these industrialised
food sources, which is shared by most consumers, and apparently
by the Government too.
On the basis of my sources, I think my conclusions are justified.
I have gathered a Toolbox of analysis techniques, and I have used
them to analyse the chosen text. This has created a lot of raw information
about the text, the Government itself, and its policies - almost
more than I can use. On the basis of a short text of 230 words,
I could now answer many questions about the Department, its public
positions, and its work.
At the start of this project I set myself five goals, and I want
to review these now:-
|I am interested in looking at 'how the policy makers think'
(rather than in criticising what they have done)
||I think my project has begun to reveal some of the intentions
and thoughts of the UK policy makers in this area (and though
I may have criticised them, I hope I have not done this unfairly)
|I am interested in the mechanisms of Government, Civil Service,
policy, politics and mass communication media, and how these
||The study of the Departmental Report and more recent DEFRA
Prospectus has revealed much about the methods and mechanisms
of the "New Government"
|I am curious about the role of Government nowadays in the
fields they operate in - is government policy effective ? or
are they just another player in the global field ?
||I have discovered a divergence between how the Government
performs its role and how it is seen as another player at national
and international levels.There are special powers that the Government
can use when needed.
|I want to create a Text Analysis Toolbox, and test this in
||The analysis toolbox has been effective, and produces interesting
|I am interested in the deeper (even instinctual) issues around
||The deeper issues remain relatively undiscovered, but there
is a wide gulf between the sources of the food we consume, and
what we think (or hope) about it