Food security is a term that is gaining every increasing attention. What does it mean to be "food secure"? What would constitute "food insecurity"?

There are many issues that connect to this very basic human need. With globalization of world trade, with major changes to the system of food production, distribution and processing around this planet, the way we eat and how we get our food has changed radically in recent years. No longer is the food consumer also the food producer. No longer does the food consumer obtain his food from a neighbourhood grocery or meat market or local farmer. No longer does the large supermarket grocery chain store warehouse food in the local city. Food reserve stocks for most communities is measured in days, not weeks or months.

The entire system relies on rapid transportation of foods over long distances. That presumes low cost and uninterrupted food delivery. Even the events of September 11 , 2001 and the resulting disruption to transportation and border commerce should have alerted us that things are not as secure as we have been led to believe.

If oil costs rise sharply, or oil becomes unavailable, the large-scale transportation of foods from producer to consumer will be severely affected. Canada is likely to be impacted more than nearly any other country in that we have placed a very high reliance on importation of our foods.

In this section I will place links to articles that explore these issues and links to other sites that will be of interest to the reader who has actually sought out this page.

I am also placing a link at the botton of this page to a file which gives a proposed Food Charter for the city of Prince Albert. Currently the city of Toronto and the city of Saskatoon had adopted Food Charters which declare the right of all citizens to effective food security and the things that are required to ensure that security.

A coalition of Prince Albert organizations has been working on getting community input for the purpose of drafting a similar document for this community. I have been privileged to have worked with this group over the past months. Currently this Proposed Charter is being discussed with various community groups and with School Boards to establish a broader community awareness and a broader community support for the elements of this Charter. then it will go for consideration to the City's Race Relations and Social Issues Committee and after that, to the full City Council.

Please take the time to become more familiar with these issues and check to see if there is something happening in your community. if you find that there is, let me know so that I can add a link to information or a link to a contact person.

Feedback on these issues will be appreciated.


The city of Toronto has a Food Charter.

Draft Food Charter for the City of Prince Albert (As a PDF File. right click on this link and with Microsoft's Internet Explorer, click "save target as" to download it to your desktop or other location. then open it from there with your Acrobat Reader program or other program able to open PDF files. 

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it free from this link: