This is part of what we discussed at the “Community Food Mapping” workshops/consultations I have been facilitating at both Whalley and Newton (Surrey, BC)
Why to worry about food? For many, this is related to health, for others, it is related to access, for some, the question doesn’t have any meaning: if you look at the supermarkets around us in Lower Mainland (BC), if you have a good job and no health issues, concepts such as “food security, food sovereignty and food resilience” may not resonate much.
However, this is an issue that concerns us all: do you know that BC produces only 55% of the food it consumes? Do you know that 95% of all the fruits and nuts consumed in BC are imported? That 75% of all the vegetables and 65% of the fish are also imported?
Most of the food we currently consume comes from US, China, Mexico and Chile (http://www.phsa.ca/HealthProfessionals/Population-Public-Health/Food-Security/default.htm)
Have you thought how any disruption in the food production, access to water or transportation in any of the above countries would affect our access to food?
Other factors affecting our food system are climate change and its impact on water and soil, a rapidly aging farmer population, cost of land, land ownership by foreign countries/corporations and decisions made on ALR (Agriculture Land Reserve) that may affect how much land is available to actually grow food.
This mini guide was developed to help you define some concepts about food, start conversations with your family, friends, neighbours and other members of your community and start creating changes to help you and your community become more food secure, resilient and sovereign.
Food Security: Food security exists when ALL members of our community have access to nutritious, safe, ecologically sustainable, and culturally appropriate food at all times.
Example: not having issues (such as financial, location, transportation, special diets food, etc.) affecting your family access to food.
Food Sovereignty: Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.~ La Via Campesina
Example: a neighbourhood, community or entire city defining how they want their agriculture system to be and what, where and how should be grown/raised in it.
Food Resilience: When a community, household or group develops flexible response, coping, and adaptation mechanisms in the presence of internal or external shocks. Example:
Example: your family, block or community has a back-up system for water and food essentials in case of disruption of the system (i.e. flood, drought, road closures, etc. either happening close to the area where you live or in the area where food is produced and/or stored)
Questions: how food secure, food sovereign and food resilient is your household? Your community?
Questions: how ethical are your household/community food choices?
What you can do
At household level:
At community level:
Enjoy your food, value your food…
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