Poverty contributes greatly to the lack of resources to purchase or produce food, but there is no single root cause of poverty. Famines are historically caused by problems in food distribution, rather than insufficient food production. The problem does not come from not having enough food, but not having the political will to distribute the food to low-class citizens. These citizens are often blamed for their lack of food (i.e. they breed too rapidly and contribute to the rapid, and supposedly dangerous, increase in global population), but this is not the case. When the price of food increases, the number of people who are food insecure also increases, making it a much harder problem to solve.
Food price in the North:
Indigenous peoples living all across the North experience food insecurity at 5-6 times the Canadian average
Food prices also connect to health and can contribute to poor health in these populations. Healthy items are in general more expensive, so people who are food insecure are generally unable to afford healthy items. Consumption of unhealthy foods contributes to health problems, which harshly affects one’s life. By controlling someone’s food, you are controlling their life.