Focuses on government food-related programs from an economic and political perspective. Reviews the evolution of a range of policies and programs, analyzing their effects on the U.S. economy and on household consumption and the farm economy, as well as on food consumption at the national, household, and individual level. Existing policies and programs are related to the political and economic environment and to changing food consumption patterns in American society. Food assistance programs (e.g., Food Stamps), nutrition programs, food supply and agricultural price policies, and consumer protection and information are considered. Enrollment limited to 48 students.