Library of Links

The following links are organized by relevant Research Question. They are also labelled as either Canadian (CAN), International (INT), American (US), or British Columbian (BC). The links are labelled into Level 1 or Level 2, where Level 2 links are slightly more complex and give more insight into the topic.
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Research Links 

These links will inform your Research Questions and Critical Thinking Questions.

Q3.1 CAN – What are food security and food sovereignty? Link 1 L2

INT – What are the Six Basic Principles of food security? Link 2 L2


Q3.2 CAN – Using data from Statistics Canada, PROOF research team investigates food insecurity in Canada. Here is a snapshot of their research: Link 3 L2.

CAN – Take a look at page 10 in the full report from PROOF to see who in Canada is food insecure and why?Link 4 L2.


Q3.3 – Take a look at these four different cases of people working to create food security; do you think these are sustainable approaches? In some places, aid may be needed more than others, but each approach is working to feed people in a sustainable way:

  • INT – Free the Children Food Security Project in Amran, Yemen: Link 5 (5:00) L2
  • CAN – Solving Poverty with Permaculture: Link 6 L2
  • INT – Second Harvest: Link 7 L1
  • CAN – Farm Folk City Folk: Link 8 (5:35) L1 


Q3.4 INT-US – How can we reduce food insecurity? Innovation is the key. Here is a story about an urban agriculture project in New York which has an amazing closed system for sustainable growing: Link 9 (3:28) L1

CAN-BC – See how Sole Food (Vancouver, BC) transforms vacant urban land into urban farms, and how it serves the local community: Link 10 (5:43) L2

INT – Cuba’s food revolution is feeding an entire country on innovation, passion and community: Link 11 (8:39) L2 


Q3.5 CAN-INT – An evaluation of the global land grab and how in the attempt to solve global food security the food security of developing nations is being increased: Link 12 L2 


Helpful Optional Links

CAN – Did you know…? source: Link 13 L2

INT – Eating fresh local foods is a luxury for us; in other places it has become an in-city necessity. Let’s look at another social justice angle of growing your own food: Link 14 (4:06) L2

INT – Small scale family farming in Africa and Vietnam is helping to reduce poverty: Link 15 L2 

CAN – Believe it or not, you're not allowed to waste food anymore in Vancouver as of 2015. Check out Metro Vancouver's new initiative called “Hey! Food isn't garbage”: Link 16 L1

INT – This TED talk is really interesting and innovative, covering things like gardening in cities without soil and closed loop gardening: Link 17 (8:32) L2

INT – Here is a company that is addressing the problems of food insecurity and food wastage simultaneously: Link 18 L2

INT – Uganda people working to create security through saving corn by building silos: Link 19 (2:53) L2 

INT-US – These people are working to create food justice in impoverished communities’ schools in Philadelphia: Link 20 (4:32) L2

INT – Zambia food and poverty project: Link 21 (7:51) L2

INT – The DAPP funds farmer’s clubs to teach people in Malawi new techniques that will add value to their produce: Link 22 (4:58) L2 

CAN – Check out urban farming in Vancouver: Link 23 (8:18) L1 

CAN – A collection of local u-pick farms in the Fraser Valley: Link 24 L1 

CAN – Check out a creative way to help address food security within two blocks: Link 25 L1


Stakeholder Links

CAN – The Pitfalls of Canada's Northern Food Program: A look at how issues of food security are continuing to disproportionately affect northern Indigenous communities: Stakeholder 1 L1

CAN – Northern Indigenous Communities and Food Insecurity: a multifaceted issue in need of addressing: Stakeholder 2 L1


Current Events

INT - 2017 May 8th - IFLSCIENCE! - "Forget Lab-Grown Meat, Eating Insects Is Best For The Planet" How can a small increase in consumption of insects be beneficial to our planet? Read the article to find out!: Event 1

INT – 2015 July 3rd - The Guardian  “We Need to Grow 50% More Food yet Agriculture Causes Climate Change. How do we get out of this bind?” Addressing the question of producing more food in the face of climate change will require a total paradigm shift in agriculture: Event 2  

INT-US – 2015 June 30th -  “Groundwater from Aquifers Important Factor in Food Security” Over-drawing from aquifers in the U.S. could threaten the country’s ability to be food secure and produce food within its own borders: Event 3 

CAN  2015 June 18th - CBC News  “Halifax Considers Mobile Market to Bring Fresh Food to ‘Food Deserts’” Food deserts are areas, usually in urban communities, where access to fresh healthy food is limited or non-existent. Mobile markets selling fresh fruits and vegetables could be the solution: Event 4 

INT-US  2015 May 25th - Civil Eats  “Color of Food: Seeds of Growth for the Cherokee People” Through their seed bank, Kevin Welch and Sarah McClellan work to preserve plants sacred to the Cherokee for future generations: Event 5 

BC  2014 May 26th - Vancouver Sun  “Vancouver’s Sole Food farm looks to open retail locations” Vancouver’s social enterprise urban farm is making plans to open a market in a converted shipping container and a produce stand inside Granville Island Market: Event 6


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Works Cited

Be The Change Earth Alliance has archived all Research, Local Activity, and Stakeholder links to ensure students will always have access to the required articles to complete their Action Pack. These links were retrieved as of February 25th, 2019. These links may not reflect the current state of the website. If you see your website on our citations list and would like us to take it down, please contact us immediately at 

Abraham, Lois. (September 19, 2017). “Vancouver's Sole Food Street Farms Takes On Poverty With Urban Agriculture” Huffpost. April 1, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(April 18, 2014). “FarmFolk CityFolk 20th Anniversary Video” youtube. February 20, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(April 26, 2018). “Food Waste in a Food Insecure World” SDG2 Advocacy Hub. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Berman, Pam. (June 18, 2015). “Halifax considers mobile market to bring fresh food to 'food deserts'” CBC News. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Bowens, Natasha. (May 25, 2015). “The Color of Food: Seeds of Growth For The Cherokee People” Civil Eats. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Cackler, Mark. (July 3, 2015). “We need to grow 50% more food yet agriculture causes climate change. How do we get out of this bind?” The Guardian. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(February 6, 2013). “Save the Children - Food Security Project in Amran” youtube. February 20, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Hagerman, Paul. (March 2012). “Reining in the Global Land Grab” Canadian Foodgrains Bank. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Hale, Tom. (May 8, 2017). “Forget Lab-Grown Meat, Eating Insects Is Best for The Planet” IFL Science. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Jean. (January 29, 2011). Two Block Diet. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(June 25, 2018). “Latest household food insecurity data now available” Proof. February 15, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(June 29, 2010). “Urban Agriculture Blooms” YouTube. April 10, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(June 30, 2015). “Groundwater from aquifers important factor in food security” Science X. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Kneen, Cathleen. “What is Food Sovereignty” Food Secure Canada. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Leahy, Andrew. (February 6, 2008). “Urban Food Growing in Havana, Cuba” youtube. February 20, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(May 12, 2018). “Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis” The Globe and Mail. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Parks, Andy. (April 20, 2010). “Solving poverty with permaculture” Lismore Echo. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Pisa, Katie. (July 10, 2013). “Can family farming make poverty history?” CNN. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

Tarasuk, Dr. Valerie. (June 2017). “IMPLICATIONS OF A BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE FOR HOUSEHOLD FOOD INSECURITY” Northern Policy Institute. April 8, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

“Who We Are” Second Harvest. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(2019). “Food for Thought” CCPA. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(2019). “How you can support the ban on food in the garbage” City of Vancouver. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(2019). Blue Sky Ranch. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(2019). “Local Farms” FVFDMA. February 11, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(2016). “Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge” Council of Canadian Academies. February 15, 2019. Web. Retrieved from

(2019). “Six Basic Principles of Community Food Security” Alive by Nature. April 10, 2019. Web. Retrieved from