Coronavirus outbreaks in food markets, food plants, and farmworker communities have impacted food access and put a spotlight on food insecurity. Farmers are hurting as supply chains for fresh, perishable foods shrivel, while food banks have seen a surge in demand that has required distribution support from the National Guard. “Farmers saw a lot of increased demand direct to consumer, which requires extra labor, extra packaging -- just so much time essentially creating a whole new business model,” says Lisa Held, Senior Reporter with Civil Eats. Will COVID-19 change our food system for good?
Lisa Held, Senior Policy Reporter, Civil Eats
Karen Ross, Secretary, California Department of Food and Agriculture
Helene York, Professor, Food Business School, Culinary Institute of America
Shay Myers, CEO, Owyhee Produce
Gabriel Morales, Program Director, Brandworkers
Additional interview: Jack Mulliken, farmer in Northeast Nebraska
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