Below are some key terms you will need to understand as you explore the inquiry of this Action Pack. They will appear in bold italic in your Action Pack. The simple definitions below are provided for ease of reference.


A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

Community Shared Agriculture

An economic system where consumers purchase shares in a local farm at the beginning of the farming season and receive a weekly harvest of produce.

Economic Impacts

Any change to the wealth and resources of a country or region, community or person. Often referred to in terms of the production and consumption of goods and services.


A community of plants, animals and other organisms and all the interacting parts of their environment (air, water, soil, etc) that live, feed, reproduce and work together as a system.

Environmental Impacts

Any change to the living and non-living natural surroundings or conditions in which a person, animal or plant lives and interacts together. These impacts can be negative or beneficial, and can be created by an industry, project or Individual.

Food (in)Security

A condition (or lack of) that ensures all people have physical & economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious and culturally appropriate foods.

Food Sovereignty

A result of local, regional and national sustainable food systems that provide all people with physical and economic access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe and culturally appropriate foods.


A system or organization that exercises authority and performs functions for the people of a designated country, province or local community.

Land grab

The buying or leasing of large pieces of land, by domestic and international companies, governments, or individuals, in this case in developing countries.

Social Impacts

The effect of an activity on the social well being of the people in a community (such as wealth, health, education, employment, etc.)


Meeting the environmental, social, and economic needs of the present without affecting the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Urban agriculture

The practice of cultivating, processing, and distributing food in or around a village, town, or city.