Food Systems

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Our problems are exacerbated by the crisis

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By Nicholas Freudenberg

Like a blinding spotlight, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminates the resilience and weakness of the nation’s food system. For now, food activists, health professionals, and public officials are appropriately focused on meeting immediate needs and ensuring food access to all Americans. But the current crisis also offers an opportunity to analyze what the pandemic has taught us about our food system and how this and future crises may challenge the United States’ ability to feed its people.

For the last few years, many cities and states have begun to develop long-term food plans, making this the right time…

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