This month, Michael presented two food security workshops at a state conference for community service workers and volunteers. Many of the participants are involved with setting up and maintaining community gardens and teaching local community members how to grow their own food.
Michael’s workshops covered the what, why and how of local and global food security. Conference participants had the opportunity to learn what true food security is, why we all need to be concerned by this issue and how we can all at some level be involved in food security solutions whether this be on an individual and/or collective basis.
The Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 1996 describe food security as being achieved when “…all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.”
Often when people think about food security (or food insecurity), developing and impoverished countries come to mind, but we are increasingly seeing food insecurity in developed countries including Australia.
There are many challenges converging that are making the topic of food security a crucial one – ageing farmers, projected population growth, loss of practical skills and knowledge in relation to growing food, biodiversity loss and unstable economic environments to name but a few. In 21st Century food security some of the leading and influential players who are best placed to respond to food security challenges will be individual urban gardeners, school gardens and community gardens.
Check out our Food Security Education Course and Food Security Page to learn more.