What does ‘food security’ mean?
Food security, as defined by the United Nations’ Committee on World Food Security, means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.
There are many reasons why we are currently falling short of meeting what the UN determines to be a good and sustainable level of food security. The key things to consider are:
- world hunger within a growing and ageing population
- effectiveness and efficiency of agricultural processes
- finiteness of the planet’s fertile land.