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FOOD SECURITY

Throughout 2008, countries and communities around the world were hit with food and energy shortages along with subsequent and severe price hikes. During this time, the Aleutian/Pribilof region of Alaska also suffered from the severe effects of food and energy shortages. As energy prices increased rapidly, communities at the far end of the supply chain experienced significantly higher food and energy prices than the rest of Alaska; and the rest of the country. Along with higher prices came shipments delays; and sometimes no shipments at all. Though no fatalities were reported as a direct result of this experience, the people of Alaska's remote regions became reacquainted with cold and hunger.

These communities receive very little input from the outside world, yet they are greatly affected by global events that affect supply and demand. As a direct result of this uncertainty and previous experiences, the Aleutian/Pribilof Island communities have sought out solutions that would prevent these experiences from ever happening again.

This process has led them to a set of food and energy security solutions that involve renewable energy and local agriculture. Considering the short growing seasons and harsh climates, these communities seek to construct small, commercial-scale agriculture, centered around a greenhouse facility, using locally available renewable energy resources.

 


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