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What does food security mean to you?

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Last week, I asked a simple question on Facebook and Twitter: Fill in the blank: food security means _______.  I asked, not just out of curiosity, but because I hear the words “food security” floating around a lot in the Oxfam America headquarters. I knew that outside of the office it’s a term that could be interpreted in many different ways. And even though the term is academic, the concept is important. Hunger is an issue that Oxfam has been addressing for decades, but with climate change and soaring food prices, food security is back in the spotlight.

So that’s why we asked people to give us their take.  Read a few of their answers below, then tell us what food security means to you:



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