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Meals and Meals Security | Nationwide Institute of Meals and Agriculture

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Keeping our food supply secure, as the USDA does every day, we must also address food and food insecurity. USDA’s food programs are the most comprehensive tool available to ensure that all Americans have access to healthy and affordable food. At FY22, the USDA will focus on the innovation required by the response to our COVID-19 pandemic, as well as on the historical investments we made in food and food aid that we made at FY21. We will also invest in bold solutions that improve food security, improve our nutrition programs, and reduce food and nutrition insecurity. Undoubtedly, promoting food and food security is a critical component in reviving the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring racial equality, rebuilding the economy, tackling the effects of climate change, providing open markets and fair trade, and stimulating competitive employment.

Food security in fact, a family means that all members have access to enough food for an active and healthy life at all times. Food safety, at least:

  • The availability of adequate and safe food for nutrition
  • Ensuring the ability to access acceptable food in socially acceptable ways (ie, without the use of emergency food supplies, theft, robbery, or other coping strategies)

the concept of food security It works to better understand food insecurity and the coexistence of diet-related illnesses and inequalities. That is, food security means having access to, access to, and availability of food and beverages that promote well-being and prevent (and, if necessary, treat) disease, especially among racial / ethnic minorities, lower-income populations, and rural areas. and among the remote population. populations. Food security focuses on and complements the efforts to address the food security of all Americans, but acknowledges that not all Americans maintain an active and healthy life and stresses the importance of adopting an equity lens in efforts to ensure access, availability and availability of food and beverages. often populations that manage the coexistence of food insecurity and chronic food-related illnesses.

Consumer Resources – USA.gov Government Benefits explains how to apply for and find social assistance programs, including food aid. Nutrition.gov is a USDA-sponsored website that provides compelling information to help you make healthy eating choices.

Professional Nutrition Resources – The USDA National Library of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Information Center provides access to a variety of government and non-government resources.

Food Security Research Resources – The USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) conducts economic research on a number of key food and safety issues and provides links to selected ERS research and resources on these topics.

The Importance of Food and Food Safety

According to the 7th edition of the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report, the impacts of climate change over the next 20 years could increase the risks to food, water, health and energy security. Evidence indicates that increasing climate change, drought, precipitation variability, extreme weather, and ocean acidification are associated with declining food production, altered nutrient content, inadequate access to healthy foods and beverages, and a high rate of food insecurity. Therefore, tackling food insecurity and food insecurity is related to the challenges and opportunities of our agri-food systems. Ensuring sustainable farming systems will require a convergence of science and technology to accelerate the transformation of our food system, shorten supply chains, optimize agricultural productivity, minimize negative environmental impacts, and ensure a resilient, flexible, safe, inexpensive, and nutritious food system. .

EFFECT OF NIFA

NIFA aims to help prioritize food security by focusing on:

  • Using innovative transdisciplinary solutions to promote healthy eating patterns and behaviors to deal with the “whole picture” of the underlying factors and the most promising strategies.
  • Taking advantage of the Holistic Research Agenda, from the Farm to Sardexka Work on all links in the food chain to build a more sustainable, resilient, fair and nutritious food system, including:
    • Production (eg agroecology, community and home gardening, urban agriculture, farmers markets, regional food systems)
    • Preparation (for example, ensuring adequate, safe and nutritious food preparation in culturally, contextually and economically sensitive ways, including disaster preparedness)
    • Promotion (e.g., promoting the circular economy in rural areas by promoting local and regional food supply chains)
    • Consumption (e.g., enabling positive and sustainable healthy eating behaviors to reduce the health and financial burden of non-communicable diet-related illnesses and health inequalities).
    • Increase access and improve the food quality of our federal nutrition safety network
    • Disposal (eg limiting food waste to ensure food safety)
  • integrating with Intelligent Climate Agriculture about transformative discoveries, education, and engagement.
  • Involve agency and capacity of individual, family and community Building

 

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