FAIRBANKS- Leaders from the University of the Arctic, and other agencies, recently gathered in Alaska for the Circumpolar Agriculture Conference. The conference in Girdwood hosted more than 130 people from across disciplines who are fanatic about food security. Food security is a broad topic related to several components such as, food accessibility, food safety, and food affordability. Professor of Animal Science at UAF, Milan Shipka is passionate about the issue, which is relatively new. For him, it’s important to meet with other arctic nations who experience similar challenges and goals. From his personal standpoint he doesn’t think Alaskan agriculture will ever be totally self-sustainable and he believes importing will always be a component of food security. “But if we can grow more of our own food it will make us a more secure state, a more strong economy, and better health for our people,” Shipka says.