This article was originally published by Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With today’s varied food and beverage marketplace, recent research shows that Americans are altering their diets at increasing rates, causing food and beverage companies to try to keep pace.
“While we all know the saying, ‘We are what we eat,’ it is also important to link our own eating and food handling decisions with issues being faced by society today,” said Brian Roe, a professor of agricultural economics in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
Roe and his colleagues are seeking participants to travel to Ohio State’s Columbus campus to engage in a 15-minute study on consumer eating habits and food handling behavior.
Participants, who must be at least 18 years old, will be asked to read an information card on food handling behavior, to answer a few questions about the card and to complete an anonymous survey.
All participants will earn a free onsite lunch consisting of a sandwich, chips, fruit and a soft drink as compensation for their time. Participants also will be reimbursed for any parking fees or COTA bus tickets needed to get to the campus.
Research sessions are being scheduled for midday from now through the end of July. They will be held in Ohio State’s Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road.
To participate in the study, email firstname.lastname@example.org to state your interest, and a member of the research team will reply with available dates and times.
The research is being funded by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s (OARDC) SEEDS program, a competitive grants initiative for Ohio State faculty and graduate students. OARDC is the college’s research arm.
Roe is a member of the college’s Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics.
Image: There's such a thing as a free lunch for people who help with a study in Columbus. It takes only 15 minutes. (Photo: CareyHope, iStock.)