food se·cu·ri·ty (noun) : the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
The Canadian North presently suffers from food insecurity and has a lack of accessibility to high quality food; The non-traditional food that is available must be shipped from the south at great expense to northern retailers and residents. The Canadian federal government has been mitigating food insecurity through the establishment of a program that heavily subsidizes the transportation costs of certain food items. This program presently transports 14 million kg of food to 140 isolated northern communities (90,000 people) in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, Labrador and the northern reaches of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. However, there is only marginal evidence that food costs have fallen for northern residents and this program is costing the Canadian taxpayer nearly $60 million per year.
The following external links outline the food security crisis in the North:
- Speaking out against $600-a-week grocery bills
- Feeding My Family
- Rising food prices in North spark protest
- Insane Food Prices In Northern Canada
- Who, What, Why: Why does a cabbage cost $28 in Canada?
- Food Prices Canada: 2013 To See Big Jump After U.S. Drought, Study Says