CLF and the Food Systems Response to Covid-19
The coronavirus crisis is affecting the food system and public health in ways that are evolving and becoming more dramatic every day. The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future is deeply concerned about how the pandemic is affecting food security, food access, food production, food service work and many more aspects of the food system. Through the infectious disease outbreak, we continue to engage with our partners and communities to pursue our mission of creating a healthy, equitable, and resilient food system. Also, in line with University guidelines, the Center is continuing operations while also taking measures to help protect our staff and community by working remotely during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of our current efforts include:
- The Center’s Food Policy Networks project is helping food policy councils (FPCs) across the United States connect and learn from each other about how FPCs are reducing barriers to food access and supporting food producers and food workers. Through the Food Policy Networks project, food policy council leaders are exploring the processes, challenges, and lessons learned from addressing food system concerns in their cities. Read their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Center is engaged in research projects that explore the impacts of the pandemic on issues such as food security, safety, resilience, food production and more. To read in-depth descriptions of each project, visit our CLF Covid-19 Ongoing Research page.
- Food security and food access survey –The Center conducted national and state-level surveys to understand household experiences with food access and availability during the pandemic. This work continues in collaboration with the University of Vermont, Arizona State University, and several other universities who are part of the National Food Access and COVID (NFACT) research team.
- Food workers and Covid-19 survey – The Center surveyed food system workers in the US to understand their needs and concerns during the pandemic, and to understand the safety climate of their work environments.
- Food system resilience planning resources — With the Center for Applied Public Research, CLF convened a five-city Community of Practice to create resources that help local governments improve food system resilience to COVID-19 and other crises.
- Panel study of FPC responses and adaptations in context of Covid-19 – The Center is exploring how food policy councils in the US and Canada are responding to food systems-related issues in their communities as a result of the pandemic.
- Covid-19 + food systems impact: Indicator and response tracking – The Center is collecting publicly available, longitudinal data to measure potential changes in food access, affordability and availability in US communities, throughout and after the pandemic.
- Investigation of the Covid-19 stay-at-home order on fruit and vegetable growers in Maryland – The Center is investigating how Maryland farmers responded to the stay-at-home order, and how they’re continuing to adapt.
- Building resilience in the seafood system after crisis – The Center is exploring how shocks and disruptions to the seafood system from the pandemic are influencing livelihoods and nutritional security, and how the industry is responding.
- The Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center can be accessed here: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
- An examination of adaptations of direct marketing channels and practices by Maryland fruit and vegetable farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
- Pivoting Policy, Programs and Partnerships: Food Policy Councils' Responses to the Crises of 2020. Report
- Frequency of Workplace Controls and Associations with Safety Perceptions among a National Sample of U.S. Food Retail Workers during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
- Essential and in Crisis: A Review of the Public Health Threats Facing Farmworkers in the US. CLF Report
- COVID-19 responses: Food policy councils are “stepping in, stepping up, and stepping back". Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
- Emerging COVID - 19 impacts, responses, and lessons for building resilience in the seafood system. Global Food Security
- Providing planetary health diet meals to low-income families in Baltimore City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
- To Safeguard the US Food Supply Chain During the Covid-19 Pandemic, We Must Protect Food and Agricultural Workers: Recommendations for Policymakers and Employers. Policy Brief
- Aquaculture Adapts to Covid-19 Challenges. CLF Notes from the Field.
- Ertharin Cousin on Food Security and Covid-19: The Datapoint Becomes a Reality Point. CLF Viewpoints
- The Politics and Policy of COVID-19: Climate, Food Insecurity, and COVID-19. JHU Webinar
- The Path Forward During the Pandemic. CLF Viewpoints
- Q&A on Food Resiliency and Access During COVID-19. CLF YouTube
- Bare Shelves: Is the Food System Threatened by COVID-19? Johns Hopkins Public Health on Call Interview
- Emergency Covid Food Policies: Can They Become Permanent Reform? CLF Impact Story
- Data Collection and Sharing during Pandemic: Opportunities and Evolution. CLF Viewpoints
- Food Security in the Time of Covid-19: It’s Not Charity, It’s Justice. CLF Impact Story
- We must shore up access to food as COVID-19 takes hold. Op-ed in The Hill. “Even before COVID-19, about 11 percent of U.S. households were considered food insecure…. COVID-19 will increase this proportion, for reasons including lost income and food price rises resulting from stockpiling and supply chain interruptions.”
- What the coronavirus in China shows us about food system resilience. CLF Viewpoints
- Food Policy Councils Demonstrate Critical Roles During COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 Pandemic Highlights Longstanding Health Risks Facing US Farmworkers
- COVID-19 Has Wide-Ranging Impacts on the Global Seafood Sector
- Baltimore Restaurant Collaborative Fights Food Insecurity, Health Disparities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Food and Farm Worker Protections Critical to COVID-19 Pandemic Response
CLF experts in the news
- 4 ways to protect food workers and the food supply during the pandemic. Fast Company
- Industrial Meat 101: Could Large Livestock Operations Cause the Next Pandemic? Civil Eats
- Op-ed: With Food Insecurity on the Rise, Nutrition Incentives Should Be More Equitable. Civil Eats
- How Vermont Communities Are Feeding Their Neighbors. Seven Days
- 'Chaotic and crazy': meat plants around the world struggle with virus outbreaks. The Guardian
- People of Color are at Greater Risk of COVID-19. Systemic Racism in the Food System Plays a Role. Civil Eats
- Is coronavirus a threat to America’s food supply? Aol.com
- Even as food sellers comply with stricter health rules, workers push for more protections. FERN
- We must shore up access to food as COVID-19 takes hold. The Hill
- Labor shortages, SNAP cuts, trade deals: How could coronavirus affect our food supply chain? Successful Farming
- UVM Survey: Food Insecurity in Vermont Rose 33% During Pandemic. UVM
- COVID-19 Tradeoffs: Feeding Others and Staying Fed. JHSPH
- Gauging Pandemic’s Impact on Food Insecurity. The University of Vermont
- COVID-19 could worsen existing food inequities, warn experts in food security. The Hub
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