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subsistence
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: Means of supporting life, in particular by obtaining food. Subsistence is that part of economy concerned with acquisition, distribution, and production of food.
subsistence economy
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: subsistence strategy
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The way in which a society exploits its environment to procure food, including acquisition, distribution, and production. There are two broad types of subsistence: exploitation of wild plants and animals or of domesticated plants and animals. There are variations and combinations of these two types. The term can also be used to describe the economic level of those who produce only enough food for their own consumption, without any surplus.
subsistence level
CATEGORY: term
DEFINITION: The minimum resources, e.g., food, shelter, water, necessary to support human life.

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