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A review of policy options for increasing food security and income security in British Columbia

2007

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The incidence of food insecurity in the late 1990s in Canada was approximately 10 percent, based on the results from the 1998/99 survey, and 14.7 percent a few years later, based on the results from the 2000/01 survey. [...] The panel goes on to recommend that hunger be “measured at the individual level, distinct from, but in the context of food insecurity.”19 This issue of terminology needs to be considered in light of changes to the Canadian measure, as Canada now uses a set of questions similar to those in the U. S. survey, and also categorizes households in a similar way. [...] The 2005 version of the Canadian Community Health Survey, released in the fall of 2006, showed 183,026 British Columbians age 12 and older (5.4 percent of the population 12 and older) experienced food insecurity during the previous 12 months.22 A total of 116,104 people, or 3.5 percent of the population 12 and older, were placed in the category “food insecure without hunger,” meaning some members [...] Some of the difference may be explained by the normal margin of error in surveys.23 The results could also have occurred because of a change in the order of the questions on the CCHS questionnaire, a shift in favour of interviews by telephone 22. [...] Table 1 gives the overall numbers and rates of food insecurity for most of the 16 former BC health regions.25 The sample sizes were too small to allow a breakdown of the totals into the three categories in all BC health regions, and the sample sizes were too small to be reliable to produce even overall totals for the Richmond and North Vancouver Island health regions.

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