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The Need for Culturally-Informed Approaches to Food Security

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Traditional approaches to food security often emphasize food availability, access to nutritious foods, the ability for individuals and households to utilize and prepare healthy foods, and the overall stability of those factors.

While that approach may help vulnerable populations gain access to healthy foods, the absence of cultural perspectives and an explicit commitment to the need for culturally appropriate foods may ultimately rob individuals of their right to dietary self-determination.

A complete understanding of food security must take cultural factors into account, particularly in a country like Canada whose Indigenous, immigrant, and racialized populations are disproportionately affected by food insecurity.


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    Aug 04, 2020

  • Subject Area
    • Food & Nutritional Support
  • Audience
    • Service Providers (Non-profits, Community Organizations, Local government)
    • Government
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