COVID-19 and Climate: Implications for our Food System

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? Visit for more information on today's episode. Guests: 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 Additional speakers: Shay Myers, CEO, Owyhee Produce Gabriel Morales, Program Director, Brandworkers This program was recorded via video on July 30, 2020. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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