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Food Security in Anchorage: Risky Business or Helpful Strategy?

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 11/01/2010
End Date 06/30/2011
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
Funding Amount 2,000
Community Partner
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Last Updated 03/01/2011 11:53PM
Keywords food security, anchorage

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Faculty
  Raymond Anthony

Student Researchers
  Danielle Giles

Abstract

Food security while defined many different ways, ultimately means "access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. n(World Bank, 1986.) By pursuing the following proposal, I hope to provide a much needed understanding of the barriers that hinder equality as it relates to food and to influence the way people think about food. From 2005-2007, 847.5 million people were undernourished worldwide, with 9.7 million people in North and Central America. The number of hungry people globally has risen to 1.02 billion. (FAD, 2010). In Alaska, 1 in 5 Alaskan children go without food each day. There are many factors associated with food insecurity, from malnutrition to social injustice issues, the effects of food insecurity are of a huge magnitude. The state of my research is threefold. First, I will explore the large scale issues (becoming food independent as a state) associated with food security along with the smaller scale (communities) and their dealings with food insecurity: Research both through journals and fieldwork will take place that will help in realizing the objectives of creating a food secure community within Alaska, specifically Anchorage. Second. when weighing the options of becoming a food independent state, there are many factors and risks to consider; being that research needs to be compiled and compared with how the industry is currently being managed. Third, it's also important to know whether or not producing and distributing highquality foods to our community is necessary. If so, a realistic goal of becoming a fully "Alaskan Grown" state is possible. These are pertinent questions that need coherent, reliable answers, of which I plan to provide.

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