Southeast Alaska food security subject of UAF research

Panhandle residents asked to complete online survey

12/09/2010

Contact:

NR: SG-2010/NR314

Juneau, Alaska—If disaster strikes, do you have enough food to weather the storm? Does your community have ample provisions? Are your everyday food choices nutritious and affordable?

In these current dangerous and unpredictable times for the world, the issue of food security has become a hot topic.

To learn more about how Alaska communities view their food security, UAF’s Cooperative Extension Service and the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program are asking Southeast Alaskans to complete an online survey. UAF’s goals are to better understand the region’s food security concerns and identify how the university can help communities address them.

The survey takes about five minutes and can be done online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/foodsecurity

Food security is a broad term that means different things to different people, explained Glenn Haight, business specialist with the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. For communities, it may mean knowing how much food is generally stocked in local stores so that emergency planners have an idea of how many days the community can survive should transportation routes be cut due to storms or other events. For individuals, it may mean how much food is on hand in their home, its nutritional and cultural value and cost.

“Food security relates to an individual’s view of food quality, nutrition, health, and cost,” said Haight. “Also, many remote Alaska communities depend on subsistence foods and shipments of manufactured food, so community food security is also a factor.”

The online survey will be open through the end of the year, and the results will be tabulated soon after.

For more information, please contact Glenn Haight, fisheries business specialist, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Juneau, Alaska, 907-796-6046, glenn.haight@alaska.edu; or Sunny Rice, Agent, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, Petersburg, Alaska, 907-772-3381, sunny.rice@alaska.edu.

The Alaska Sea Grant College Program is a statewide marine research, education, communication, and extension service at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Alaska Sea Grant is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks and private industry.

The Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide university extension and technical assistance program that helps Alaskans wisely use, conserve, and enjoy Alaska's marine and coastal resources.