What is food security?
For those unfamiliar with the term, the most widely accepted definition for food security is:
“Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life”. (World Food Summit, 1996)
Food security is often mistaken for the generally more familiar concept of food safety (i.e. contamination and/or disease spread through food). It is important to distinguish that these two terms do not mean the same thing. To learn more about food safety, click here.
Though many people not may think of it on a regular basis, food security is all around us and issues related to it are becoming increasingly recognized and talked about in the media, as well as in social circles. This increasing recognition is, in no small part, because food security affects us all. Whether immediately in terms of our access to safe and nutritious food here and now; or in the future as the effects of climate change continue to become apparent, and the strain on global agricultural stocks and resources grows. On a fundamental level, food security affects and is affected by every facet of our daily lives. From where we live and the jobs we have; to the foods we consume and our ability to cook, food security is an important issue and one that we should all be paying attention to and advocating for.
The following is an ever-growing list of resources where you can learn more about the topic of food security, generally, as well as current issues in food security. Resources include websites, books, and documentaries. You can also checkout the blog for specific posts related to issues in food security to learn more about these topics. If you have questions or suggestions for additional resources or blog posts please contact me.
- BC Food Security Gateway
- Food Secure Canada
- Food Tank
- Food & Agriculture Organization
- Just Eat It (documentary)
- Stuffed and Starved (book)
- Food Politics (blog & book)
- This Changes Everything (book & film)
- No-Nonsense Guide to World Food (book)
- The Omnivore's Dilemma (book)
- In Defense of Food (book)
- Food Rules (book)