Food Justice & Food Security

Later today, the Check Your Head team, along with several amazing volunteers, will be facilitating a discussion at the Food for Thought event at Langara College about food sovereignty (also referred to as food justice). What is food sovereignty and what makes it different from food security (often defined as access to safe and nutritious food)? has outlined 6 Food Sovereignty principles that effectively show how food sovereignty encompasses food security but also brings several other important issues into the dialogue. Briefly, these principles include:

  1. A focus on food for people – healthy, sufficient, and culturally appropriate food.
  2. Valuing food providers, including small scale farmers, artisanal fishers, migrants, and others.
  3. Localizing food systems.
  4. Making decisions locally.
  5. Building knowledge and skills and passing on food wisdom to future generations.
  6. Working with nature, maximizing the contributions of ecosystems while improving resilience and adaptation.

For more on these principles, download the list of principles .

It is important to bring a diverse array of voices into discussions of food security – from the truck driver transporting the food to the grocery store shelf to an elder with years of traditional food knowledge – and the concept of food sovereignty lets us do that.