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COVID-19 and food: resource list

This page is a collection of resources related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and the food system.

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Modernising Meat Production Will Help Us Avoid Pandemics - Opinion piece by Liz Specht of the Good Food Institute (13 March 2020)

Coronavirus and food: a reading list by Feedback (19 March 2020)

Ethics in our food response to COVID-19 - Blog post by the Food Ethics Council (19 March 2020)

Coronavirus: Tim Lang calls for food rationing (23 March 2020)

COVID-19 and food: addressing threats, creating opportunities - Blog post by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (23 March 2020)

COVID-19 reminds us that our food system might kill us - Blog post by the University of Oslo’s Centre for Development and the Environment (24 March 2020) 

Is factory farming to blame for coronavirus? - Article by the Guardian (28 March 2020)

Low-hanging Fruit For COVID Stimulus And Decarbonisation: Bipartisan Opportunities In Energy, Agriculture, And Infrastructure​ - Report by The Breakthrough Institute (14 April 2020)

Podcast: UK food supply, COVID-19 and the environment - Podcast by the Green Alliance featuring Prof Tim Lang (14 April 2020)

Feeding The Nation: How Nature Friendly Farmers Are Responding To Covid-19 - Report by the Nature Friendly Farming Network (16 April 2020)

Shared learning resources for COVID-19 and food systems - Resource list by Damian Maye of the University of Gloucestershire (20 April 2020)

A Global Food System Is a Less Vulnerable System - Blog from The Breakthrough Institute (20 April 2020)

Covid-19 has forced large-scale farms that supply institutions to dump produce they can’t sell. Why can’t it just feed hungry people? We’ve got answers - News article by The Counter (27 April 2020)

Summary: FoodTalks - From emergency to recovery - Event summary by the Food Ethics Council (28 April 2020)

Economic Recovery for Rural Communities and Agricultural Sustainability: Funding Maintenance and Facility Upgrades for Agricultural Research Infrastructure - Report by The Breakthrough Institute (29 April 2020)

Who makes food policy in England? - Report and guidance note by the Food Research Collaboration (5 May 2020)

Sustainable Healthy Diets and Covid 19: Building Back Better Food Systems - Blog post by Mark Driscoll (6 May 2020) 

Nature and food systems in the post-COVID-19 world - Blog post by Laura Higham (8 May 2020)

Foresight4Food resources: COVID-19, food and rural poverty (10 May 2020)

'Chaotic and crazy': meat plants around the world struggle with virus outbreaks - News article by the Guardian (11 May 2020)

Federal Support for Alternative Protein for Economic Recovery and Climate Mitigation - Report by The Breakthrough Institute (12 May 2020)

Stimulus through Farm Conservation Programmes - Report by The Breakthrough Institute (19 May 2020)

Wuhan officially bans eating wild animals - News report (21 May 2020)

Sub-Saharan Africa’s Food Systems and COVID-19: Emerging Evidence - Report by the  Food and Land Use Coalition (22 May 2020)

5 things we’ve learned about hosting an event during a pandemic - Blog post by Ruth Richardson of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food (25 May 2020)

Emerging zoonotic diseases originating in mammals: a systematic review of effects of anthropogenic land‐use change - Journal article by Rebekah White and Orly Razgour (2 June 2020)

Shortening Supply Chains: Roads to Regional Resilience - Report by the Soil Association (2 June 2020)

175% increase in UK emergency food parcel distribution - Press release from the Independent Food Aid Network (3 June 2020)

Policy Brief: The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security and Nutrition - Report by the United Nations (9 June 2020)

Topical collection: Agriculture, food and COVID-19 - Collection of 70 articles in the journal Agriculture and Human Values

The role of ecosystems in mitigation and management of Covid-19 and other zoonoses

Reducing UK emissions: 2020 Progress Report to Parliament - Report from the UK's Committee on Climate Change, including impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic (25 June 2020)

Accelerating economic recovery through agricultural innovation - Report by the Breakthrough Institute (29 June 2020)

Preventing the next pandemic: Zoonotic diseases and how to break the chain of transmission - Report by the United Nations Environment Programme (6 July 2020)

The UK’s National Food Strategy - Part One (July 2020)


Elsewhere on the web

COVID-19 resources for small chocolate businesses - a living document by the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute

Coronavirus Food Systems Media Articles and Other - a living document by Vanessa García Polanco of Michigan State University

Coronavirus: advice for farmers and growers by the UK's Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

The impact of Coronavirus on food behaviours and attitudes - Results from an online survey of 4343 adults in Great Britain conducted on 7th-9th April by YouGov Plc

How has Covid-19 changed our eating habits? - Results of a poll by Hubbub

Restaurants and Partners Innovating to Survive During the Coronavirus - Article by The Spoon

Five ways to support our farmers in the time of Covid-19 - Blog post by Vicki Hird of Sustain

Covid-19 and the food sector - Collection of resource from the Sustainable Food Trust

Scotland eases salmon farming regulations in light of COVID-19 - Article from Undercurrent News (26 March 2020)

The UK Food System in the time of COVID-19 - Blog post from Discover Society (30 March 2020)

COVID-19 Stimulus: Bailout for corporate agribusiness or a lifeline for our food system? - Article from FoodTank (April 2020)

While the west fixates on Covid-19, vulnerable countries pay the price - Guardian article (3 May 2020)

The world’s food system has so far weathered the challenge of COVID-19 - but things could still go awry - Article from The Economist (9 May 2020)

What does more environmental damage: eating meat from the wild or a factory farm? - Guardian article (26 May 2020)

Jane Goodall: humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after COVID-19 - Article from The Guardian (3 June 2020)


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While some of the food system challenges facing humanity are local, in an interconnected world, adopting a global perspective is essential. Many environmental issues, such as climate change, need supranational commitments and action to be addressed effectively. Due to ever increasing global trade flows, prices of commodities are connected through space; a drought in Romania may thus increase the price of wheat in Zimbabwe.

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