Sabine O'Hara, Food Security: The Urban Food Hubs Solution, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 42-53 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/food-security-the-urban-food-hubs-solution/) Abstract: Food security is a top priority for the United States and countries around the world. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food security as “…access by all people at all times to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy life.”1 Low food security refers to a diet of reduced quality, variety, and desirability for some populations. To achieve food security, food must be (1) readily available at all times to all people, and (2) be of sufficient quality and nutritional value to sustain a healthy and active life. The U.S. food system is vulnerable by both measures. Some households do not have access to enough food and many others lack access to the right kind. In addition, the nutritional value of food has declined by almost 25 percent over the past 15 years.2 One reason is that food is traveling across increasing distances. To accommodate the weeks spent in transport, produce is harvested long before it ripens and thus well below its peak nutrient … Topics: Agriculture & Food; Food Security; Security; Urbanization