WHAT IS FOOD SECURITY?
The words food security mean that everybody is able to get enough healthy food to be well and active. For everybody to get enough healthy food, we need a food system that works well.
IMPORTANCE OF The Food System
The food system is made up of five parts. These parts cover everything from making food (production) to taking care of the waste (disposal). Each part of the food system is connected, and when there are problems in one part of the food system, it can affect other parts of the system. This can cause changes in the cost of food, how fresh our food is, or how much food is in our grocery stores. For example, if there is a storm and boats can't get through (distribution) you may notice changes to the prices of food in grocery stores (access). The picture below shows the five parts of the food system:
WHAT MAKES A FOOD SYSTEM WORK WELL?
When all the parts of the food system are working well together, we have food security.
A food system that is working well does a few very important things:
- It protects the land, water, and air so we can keep producing food.
- It supports people and businesses to make enough money to keep working in the food system.
- It makes sure that everyone is able to get enough healthy food.