Context Analysis - the analysis


In the "Big Picture", I have tried to summarise the results of my internet survey of commercial and non-governmental organisations, and of some cultural issues concerning food.

Some deeper patterns have been revealed in this data by using a context analysis of the raw material in the survey. These results can be summarised as follows:-

1. The Context of Food Policy
    Website Survey Technique
Survey Start Page
      Organisation List
Summary of the Survey
The Big Picture
      History of Food
Context Analysis
2. Government and Policy
3. Policy Analysis
4. In-depth analysis of sub-topics
5. The Dispositive (Triangulation)
6. Summary
7. Conclusions

1. The major process at work in food production, processing and supply is a process of industrialisation. The consumers are generally not aware that they are consuming industrial products. (I will attempt to test and use this working hypothesis in the remainder of this study).
2. There are a variety of responses, reactions and side-effects to this industrialisation,
3. Parallel to the industrialisation is also a process of globalisation, which has led to well-documented protests and reactions.

These are my assertions from the evidence I have collected, however, this can best be classified as a hypothesis. Can this industrialisation hypothesis be justified from the evidence on my website ?

I will look at each sector in turn to see what evidence there is for industrialisation:-

a) In the changes in Food and Farming techniques sector. The pattern of development of techniques in each sector is typified by the page on Tractors. A similar pattern also occurs throughout, from pesticides to food processing. It is difficult to draw a line for when 'a set of techniques' becomes 'an industry'. The hydroponic production of salad crops is clearly an industry where each parameter can be controlled in an industrial way, though some farms producing milk and cheese may still be pre-industrial.
b) In the Business sector. Industrialisation can be seen in the sheer scale of operations of some companies, but it is generally played-down, with little or no emphasis on it, and the languages of conservation, sustainability and caring are used by all of the companies involved. While some of the firms may be making genuine attempts to change to sustainable practices, this may not be true for all of them.
The industrialisation process is revealed most by the food testing and farm software companies, rather than by their clients, the producers. From these, it may even be valid to say that there is now a HIGH-TECH food production industry
c) In the Campaigns, Organisations and Conservation sector. The industrial aspects of agriculture are not mentioned here - the organisations focus on their own remits.
d) In the Government and International bodies sector. A very administrative and neutral tone is used - they have vast amounts of information on their sites, and they generally do not mention Industrialisation as a distinct issue
e) The Cultural Sources sector. They are very keen on food, but generally ignore its industrial sources. However,
f) The diet, additives, allergies and vitamins sector. (which I have included among the cultural sources) is notable for its vigour - many of the adverts imply imbalance in nutrition, that needs to be corrected using their products. This imbalance could be seen as a problem resulting from industrialisation.

There may be other major or minor patterns in the pages. However, I feel that, for my purposes,

  • I have a useful picture of the historical events and the various business, official and voluntary organisations which form the policy space,
  • I have a good overall impression of the way which food is presented to the public by the media and cultural writers
  • I think that what I have done with the information I have gathered is fair and reasonable - to try to extract more might not be justified
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