The pandemic has rapidly exposed the ongoing crisis around food accessibility and nutrition facing parts of society.
Families in low-income regions that depend on daily wages have been driven to food insecurity. At the same time, the supply systems and the people underpinning them have been undervalued and under-protected. These systemic weaknesses will worsen in years to come by climate change.
With large-scale restaurant closures, the coronavirus outbreak has changed the way we consume food. Panic-buying behaviour briefly wiped supermarket shelves clean, whilst stocked now, the supermarkets reassured us it was a demand rather than supply issue. However, a prolonged crisis could quickly put a strain on the complex web of global interactions involving farmers, seasonal workers, food processing plants, shipping and supermarkets.
How do we create a more sustainable and resilient food system that doesn’t give rise to zoonotic diseases and that allows us to produce and consume food in a way that protects our health, remove inequality to food access and protect the natural environment?
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