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Defining Our Terms February 12, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — caroline@LFC @ 4:40 pm

Ever wondered just what we’re talking about when we use the term “community food security”? You’re probably not alone. So Laura compiled this helpful list of working definitions.

Community Food Security: a condition of a healthy, functioning, local food system.

Community Food Security:

a. adequate resources from which people can purchase foods.
b. available food purchasing resources are accessible to all community members
c. available food is sufficient in quantity or variety, such as more than just a convenience store
d. low health problems, such as obesity, associated with inadequate access to nutritious foods
e. food available is competitively priced and affordable
f. local food production resource available, such as farmer’s markets and community gardens
g. local ecological sustainable food production
h. no household food insecurity

Community Food Security Advocates: work to fill gaps in community resources, such as poor access to locally-grown produce, lack of markets for local farmers, or public transit that fails to connect residents to supermarkets. They develop comprehensive solutions through a methodology that addresses the roots of community problems

Food Security: access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

a. the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods
b. an assured ability to acquire acceptable food in socially acceptable ways (e.g. without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing or other coping strategies)

*definitions adapted from the 2007 and 2003 Hunger in Iowa Report by Susan Roberts and Erin Feld and “The Hartford Food System: A Guide to Developing Community Food Programs, Replication Manual” put out by World Hunger Year

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