LOCAL FOOD SECURITY


We are committed to contributing positively to the local food initiative by expanding our farm operations to include more food production each year in our greenhouses and fields.  Today, we are producing literally tons of produce from our organic production land as well as our conventional production land.  Our goal is to continue to make people aware of the importance of local agriculture and food security for Vancouver Island by producing as much quality, healthy produce as the market will bare.  You, the consumer, are the one who dictates that demand.


Food security refers to the availability of food and one's access to it. A household is considered food secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of starvation.

Two commonly used definitions of food security come from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA):

  1. 1.Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. (FAO)

  2. 2.Food security for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food security includes at a minimum (1) the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and (2) an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies). (USDA)


The stages of food insecurity range from food secure situations to full-scale famine. "Famine and hunger are both rooted in food insecurity. Food insecurity can be categorized as either chronic or transitory. Chronic food insecurity translates into a high degree of vulnerability to famine and hunger; ensuring food security presupposes elimination of that vulnerability.

Currently on Vancouver Island we produce only about 4% of the food we consume.  There are only 3 days' worth of fresh food on the Island to feed its populace in the non-summer months. With rising fuel costs, climate change and the constant threat of recession, it is imperative that Islanders look to their local farmers and start supporting their initiatives. 


Here are some short videos on the importance of buying local that will shed some light on the issues our farmers and communities are facing on Vancouver Island ......

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