Del campo y la ciudad: percepción social de la (in)seguridad alimentaria

Parra, David Oseguera
December 2010
Estudios Sobre las Culturas Contemporáneas;dic2010, Vol. 16 Issue 32, p9
Academic Journal
This article analyzes the social perception of food security among housewives in the state of Michoacán, inhabitants of the rural and indigenous localities of the Purhépecha region and popular suburbs in the city of Morelia. Thus, we try to contribute to a better understanding of the meaning of food security and safety, particularly on what refers to risks in the food styles of low-income families, their context, the long term changes in their diet, and the efforts to protect and even improve their food consumption. In urban spaces, women perceive risks mainly in food quality (food safety), whereas in rural areas both access to food (food security) and low food quality are perceived as risks. We have discovered two new features on the perception of food security: time availability of the urban housewife to cook, and the valuable continuity in rural areas of an ethnic culture with women's skills and knowledge. There is still much to do to reach the different types of food security, and achieve a real food democracy, together with an acceptable evolution of Mexico regarding nutritional issues.


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