The local conversation is based in some common food terms, from the “Dig In!” document developed by local food researchers and advocates at FoodARC and Our Food Project at the Ecology Action Centre.
Household food insecurity - means that members of a household have difficulty accessing or worry about not having enough personally acceptable food for a healthy, active life. Household food insecurity is closely related to poverty; the lower the income, the higher the risk of food insecurity.
Food security - is not the opposite of household food insecurity. Food security is when all people, at all times can get the food they need to be healthy and active. This includes being able to afford healthy food that is within easy reach.
Community food security - exists when all community residents have access to enough healthy, safe food available through a food system that can be sustained for generations to come, and that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.
Food environments - is the notion that highlights the role of the places in which we live, work, play, and learn in shaping our experiences with food and influencing what foods are available to us.
Food systems -refer to the activities and relationships that make up and influence what we grow, catch,harvest, process, market, sell, distribute, share, prepare, eat, and dispose of.