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Gorbatenko S.A., Komov V.G., Sviridov V.I. - Food provision strategy of Russia is in need of improvement

(Published in «SENTENTIA. European Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences» ¹2, 2016)

An integral part of national security of a country is its food security, which primarily relies on the potential of the agricultural production. It is no accident that in the economically developed countries production and processing of food products is viewed as one of the key components of political stability, and serves as an index of state independence, and thus being accordingly regulated based on an existing strategy [15, 10].

In the opinions of T. I. Gulyaeva, O. V. Sidorenko, V. V. Smirnova and other scientists, the principal elements of food strategy should be the following:
- Physical access to food products – presence of required amount and assortment of food products throughout the country in correspondence with the established norms of consumption;
- Affordability of food – level of income that would allow purchasing sufficient amount of food products to meet at least the minimum consumption level;
- Food safety for consumers, prevention of manufacturing and sales of substandard food products that could be harmful to the health of the population.

In Russia, none of the aforementioned components is fully implemented. Moreover, the actual consumption of absolutely all types of food products does not correspond with the scientifically proven norms (Table 1).

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