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Community-Supported Agriculture as a Dietary and Health Improvement Strategy: A Narrative Review.
J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 01; 117(1):83-94.JA

Abstract

This narrative review summarizes the literature regarding community-supported agriculture (CSA) with a focus on its use as a dietary and health improvement strategy. CSA members are typically women, white, highly educated, and affluent. The majority of members are motivated to participate in CSA by a concern for the environment and a desire for locally grown, high-quality, and organic produce. Numerous studies have provided evidence of the economic, community, environmental, and food quality related benefits of CSAs. A substantial body of literature has also explored the CSA member experience and has found that members are generally very satisfied, but membership turnover rates are often high. Research regarding the association between dietary intake and health is more limited and mostly descriptive in nature. CSA members often report increased consumption and variety of fruits and vegetables, changes in the household food environment, and changes in meal patterns. A small number of anecdotal reports also support the association between CSA participation and improved health status. However, there is a dearth of experimental research in this area, and results of these studies are mixed. Future research opportunities include longitudinal studies to evaluate repeat CSA participation and the long-term sustainability of CSA-related dietary and health changes. In addition, research is needed to address some of the methodologic limitations of the current research with regard to survey tools, generalizability of results, self-reporting bias, and CSA member support.

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27847311

Citation

Vasquez, Angie, et al. "Community-Supported Agriculture as a Dietary and Health Improvement Strategy: a Narrative Review." Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vol. 117, no. 1, 2017, pp. 83-94.
Vasquez A, Sherwood NE, Larson N, et al. Community-Supported Agriculture as a Dietary and Health Improvement Strategy: A Narrative Review. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017;117(1):83-94.
Vasquez, A., Sherwood, N. E., Larson, N., & Story, M. (2017). Community-Supported Agriculture as a Dietary and Health Improvement Strategy: A Narrative Review. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 117(1), 83-94. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2016.09.029
Vasquez A, et al. Community-Supported Agriculture as a Dietary and Health Improvement Strategy: a Narrative Review. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017;117(1):83-94. PubMed PMID: 27847311.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Community-Supported Agriculture as a Dietary and Health Improvement Strategy: A Narrative Review. AU - Vasquez,Angie, AU - Sherwood,Nancy E, AU - Larson,Nicole, AU - Story,Mary, Y1 - 2016/11/12/ PY - 2016/02/09/received PY - 2016/09/26/accepted PY - 2016/11/17/pubmed PY - 2017/3/16/medline PY - 2016/11/17/entrez KW - Community-supported agriculture KW - Dietary intake KW - Dietary intervention KW - Health promotion KW - Household food environment SP - 83 EP - 94 JF - Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics JO - J Acad Nutr Diet VL - 117 IS - 1 N2 - This narrative review summarizes the literature regarding community-supported agriculture (CSA) with a focus on its use as a dietary and health improvement strategy. CSA members are typically women, white, highly educated, and affluent. The majority of members are motivated to participate in CSA by a concern for the environment and a desire for locally grown, high-quality, and organic produce. Numerous studies have provided evidence of the economic, community, environmental, and food quality related benefits of CSAs. A substantial body of literature has also explored the CSA member experience and has found that members are generally very satisfied, but membership turnover rates are often high. Research regarding the association between dietary intake and health is more limited and mostly descriptive in nature. CSA members often report increased consumption and variety of fruits and vegetables, changes in the household food environment, and changes in meal patterns. A small number of anecdotal reports also support the association between CSA participation and improved health status. However, there is a dearth of experimental research in this area, and results of these studies are mixed. Future research opportunities include longitudinal studies to evaluate repeat CSA participation and the long-term sustainability of CSA-related dietary and health changes. In addition, research is needed to address some of the methodologic limitations of the current research with regard to survey tools, generalizability of results, self-reporting bias, and CSA member support. SN - 2212-2672 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27847311/Community_Supported_Agriculture_as_a_Dietary_and_Health_Improvement_Strategy:_A_Narrative_Review_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S2212-2672(16)31196-0 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -