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Sustainability 2013, 5(11), 4949-4960; doi:10.3390/su5114949

A Method for Estimating the Extent of Regional Food Self-Sufficiency and Dietary Ill Health in the Province of British Columbia, Canada

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Victoria, Victoria, V8W3R4, Canada
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Received: 4 September 2013 / Accepted: 6 November 2013 / Published: 19 November 2013
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Abstract

We outline in this paper a suite of methods, and illustrate their use, to empirically determine food self-sufficiency at a relatively small (Local Health Areas) level of geography. Further we have, after identifying regions of lowest food self-sufficiency in British Columbia (BC) superimposed these on regions whose populations have relatively poor dietary ill health. Approximately one third of Local Health Areas in BC have both poor local food self-sufficiency and populations suffering from poor dietary health. These are located mainly (but not entirely) in poor under-developed rural regions of the province regions which require attention from health and food planners to improve local food security. Finally, we have demonstrated a methodological way forward to empirically determine regions in the province of BC most at risk for food insecurity. This information should be of interest to health and food planners within the province. These methods may also be useful for researchers and planners in other jurisdictions.
Keywords: regional food security; British Columbia; food self-sufficiency; Dietary Ill Health regional food security; British Columbia; food self-sufficiency; Dietary Ill Health
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Ostry, A.; Morrision, K. A Method for Estimating the Extent of Regional Food Self-Sufficiency and Dietary Ill Health in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Sustainability 2013, 5, 4949-4960.

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