Food Concepts – What is Food (Video)

The video embedded below is part of the “Food for Thought” video series, hosted by “It’s Good, Canada (Links to an external site)“, an initiative of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (Links to an external site). This video will guide you in understanding the most foundational aspect of food security – what is food? Throughout this course, we will be thinking about some of the things the speaker discusses in the video: climate change, chemical agriculture, cultural preferences, food insecurity, and whether Indigenous food security is considered in industrial food production.

Note that in the video, the speakers discuss “safe food”. Do not confuse this with “Food Security”

Following this video, I provide a number of extra videos and readings for your own interest. These are not required readings for the course however, they do provide more knowledge in this area.

As you watch the video, keep in mind your grocery list and some of the questions I ask you to answer for each item you choose in your list. We’ll pick up on the concepts in the Discussion portion of this Module – your Substantive Questions and Answers of which you will be required to submit one of each.


For more information on this topic (optional resources) 

Reading resources:

Video Resources:

If you have time, please watch the following documentary. This is not required but provides a lot of food for thought.

  • Wasted: The Story of Food Waste 1:07:43 – Anthony Bourdain, and other celebrity chefs, help solve the problem of food waste as one-third of all food grown for human consumption ends up in the garbage.
  • Just Eat It! (Knowledge Network)


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