Food Security

SAIL MED aims to create clean energy/clean shipping networks for the distribution of local, healthy food and products. Food security is when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.

Food security is built on three pillars:*

  • Food availability: sufficient quantities of food available on a consistent basis.

  • Food access: having sufficient resources to obtain appropriate foods for a nutritious diet.

  • Food Utilization: appropriate use based on knowledge of basic nutrition and care, as well as adequate water and sanitation.

Current food prices are connected to the price of fossil fuels. As we strive for a post carbon economy, it is essential that we decouple food and oil. Then, we can build healthy food networks where fossil fuels have been removed from the system. Maritime transport is part of this equation.  Eliminating long-distance oil consumption for maritime transport is a crucial foundation for our common future.

Sail transport has potential as a low-tech, albeit lower-volume means of bioregional and trans-ocean sharing of surpluses. The exchange of surpluses via sailing craft, between coastal or island communities, enhances the quality of nutrition for populations that rely on food exchanges and imports.  See also our Healthy Seas section, for preserving the critical food sources of our seas.

* World Food Program, (


Preparing for planting, on Kea Island.

Preparing for planting, on Kea Island.

Related News and Information

“The only way to avert a food crisis is to proactively and methodologically remove fossil fuels from the system” (Post carbon institute, food and farming report).