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What Is Food Security?

Food security is simply defined as "having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food." 

Food inecurity is intrinsically linked to climate change. Many of the same groups that are most vulnerable to climate change also face the greatest rates of food insecurity. In particular, communities with food systems that depend on the biodiversity of the ecosystem, rather than on the commercial food market (i.e. some indigenous groups) face food shortages as climate change intensifies. Droughts, wildfires, floods, changing temperatures, and a loss of biodiversity can stunt agriculture and limit foraging. 

Additionally, due to historically racist housing policies, some urban communities face greater rates of food insecurity today. These regions also face the most intense climate change-induced heat waves, and lack access to green spaces, fresh produce, and shade.

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