What is Food Security?

Having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable and nutritious food. Food security incorporates a measure of resilience to future disruption or unavailability of critical food supply due to various risk factors. COVID-19 has revealed that we do not have food security in Montana or the U.S.A.

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The Problem

COVID-19 exposed the lack of security in our food chain. It is clear we have become good at producing cheap food for the world, but ironically we struggle to feed ourselves. We saw panic buying and empty grocery store shelves, rationing of food staples, and the inability to find certain food items completely. On the other side, edible produce was left rotting in the fields and ranchers had nowhere to ship their livestock. It exposed the fault in our food chain – one that is long and insecure where producers and consumers are kept far apart. One break in the chain and the whole thing falls apart.

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The Solution

We need to build a more resilient food system to better endure a crisis in the future. This involves localizing food systems to keep producers and consumers closer together. A shorter food supply chain is better for Montana farmers, ranchers, communities, and consumers.

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The Solution

We need to build a more resilient food system to better endure a crisis in the future. This involves localizing food systems to keep producers and consumers closer together. A shorter food supply chain is better for Montana farmers, ranchers, communities, and consumers.

Montanans Care About Food Security

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Food Security is Important to Me Because …

  • Shelbi L.
    "I would like our local foods to be more available to us."
    Shelbi L.
  • Eric B.
    "Food is truly essential, and we need to do it well."
    Eric B.
  • Linelle L.
    "I want readily available, quality food for the wellbeing of my children."
    Linelle L.
  • Peter J.
    "It is a way to add value to our local economy."
    Peter J.
  • Gayle C.
    "A community that cannot feed its people is at the mercy of whoever can."
    Gayle C.
  • Sheena A.
    "I have a family that depends on me."
    Sheena A.
  • Heather P.
    "I enjoy sharing good, local, fresh food with friends and family."
    Heather P.

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