New Vision for Food System
Supply-chain disruptions during the pandemic have showcased the importance of local foods, and a new report offers a pathway to improve the health and resilience in the food system.
Jaime Hadji, who chairs a Farmers Market Network, said people who want safe food options have been able to turn to farms and markets in their communities -- and those businesses adapted to meet the demand safely, with online ordering and drive-through markets.
She noted that most state and federal financial assistance was geared toward large-scale commodity growers and markets, shutting out the little guys.
"Farmers and markets have demonstrated incredible resilience and creativity in responding to the crisis, but many of these sacrifices are not sustainable," she said. "Investment is needed to ensure they don't disappear from our communities, cutting off an important source of local food."