What is Food Security? What You Need to Know

by on March 18, 2012

Last week I hit on the topic of food security a bit, but because this is such an important issue, we decided to expand on it in a series of posts this month. You might be curious as to what we mean when we mention food security and even more important, why do we need such a thing. Let’s take a quick look at the basic points and how they can impact your life.


What Is Food Security?

Food Security is exactly what you might think – the accessibility and availability of food. In our society where food products are available in grocery, warehouse and convenience stores you might think that food security is the last thing that we need to worry about, but you would be dead wrong. Estimates tell us that supermarkets have, on average 3 days worth of food for the community they serve.  Think about that for just a minute.

Scared yet? Good. That leads us to the next point…

Why Do We Need To Worry About Food Security?

What if there was some sort of natural disaster that destroyed the retail food supply in your area? What if there was no road access for trucks to bring in new supplies? How would you feed yourself and your family if something like this happened?

If you were food secure, you would be more able to sustain yourself in such a scenario and it isn’t as far-fetched as you might like to think.

How Do I Increase My Food Security?

Chances are good that your grandparents never heard of the phrase, and with good reason. Our grandparents were food secure by virtue of the way they lived their lives at the time.  To increase yours, you need grow what you can and find local sources for what you cannot. It doesn’t stop there, though. You will also need to learn as much as you can about food preservation so that you can create and maintain a food stockpile that can sustain your family in an emergency situation.

It’s good to remember that natural disasters aren’t the only emergencies. A layoff can leave you broke and hungry, unless you have a stockpile of food to get you through.

Other Food Security Articles:

4 Ways to Increase Food Security

Food Security: How Much Is Enough?

Food Security: Dehydrating

Food Security: Stocking Up

Farming Red, White and Blue

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