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How might we minimize food insecurity in Calgary?

Jenny Hagen

According to the Food and Agriculture Association, “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.” Food insecurity, therefore, is the lack of at least one of these conditions, a problem which affects over 2,000 people in the city of Calgary. 

Three of the largest contributors to food insecurity are cost, proximity, and skills or knowledge. While the common understanding of food insecurity’s cause is low income, a reality which is often difficult to change or have a degree of control over, these three factors have many more viable solutions which could positively affect the issue of food insecurity in Calgary.