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Is the food supply strong enough to weather COVID-19?

Farmworkers harvest lettuce at Lakeside Organic Gardens in Watsonville, Santa Cruz County.

University of California / July 2, 2020

“Food systems are used to having incredible shocks but they’re almost always on supply side,” said Daniel Sumner, a professor of agricultural economics at UC Davis. “A freeze wipes out an orange crop, or a disease affects chickens and egg prices go up. This was the first time in a long time that there was an incredible disruption in (demand).”

“It’s remarkable how we’ve had so much disruption but yet we’ve all had plenty to eat,” Sumner said during the panel. “The disruption in the meat supply has been quite minor. There’s been lots of headlines but the meat’s been there…We have a food system that’s worked remarkably well.”

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