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Food Systems in a Time of Disruption Impacts of COVID-19 on Agri-Food

As the globe deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, our food systems face severe disruption. The resources on this page are intended to assist in moving forward through the challenges, and plan not only for life after lockdown, but also for how to avoid such devastation in the future.

Webinar Series: Agri-Food in a Time of Disruption

COVID-19 + Agri-Food Webinars

Recorded webinars on COVID-19 and agri-food for insights during disruption.

Expert Insights

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100 days of coronavirus has sent shock waves through the food system

Serious concerns have been raised about the resilience of the processes we depend upon for our daily bread.

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Growing Stronger: New program launched to help food system respond to crisis

“Growing Stronger” will connect all players within Canada’s food system through an online portal and a series of virtual consultations over the summer and into the fall.

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Lessons for the Food System: Experts reflect on the pandemic’s impact

Four University of Guelph experts weighed in on how the Canadian food system has been shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons actors in the food system can take away from these experiences.

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Robustness of Canada’s Food Supply Chain

Arrell Chair in Food Business, Simon Somogyi reflected on the disruption that viruses can cause in Canada's supply chain. Here is what he wrote...

Educational, Interesting, and Fun Resources About Food

Resources Bringing Us Ease and Information

This is an unprecedented time of global uncertainty.

Governments around the world, including Canada, are instructing everyone to stay home if they can. We wanted to share resources and materials that we are using to learn more about food and agriculture at this time and to share the sources that we are going to for information and updates on COVID-19.

Keep scrolling to view them all.

Staying Informed

World Health Organization

Government of Canada – COVID-19

Canada Public Health

Global Affairs Canada

University of Guelph News on COVID-19

University of Guelph Experts on COVID-19 and Our Food System

What We Are Watching

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How COVID-19 Changed the Food System

Sarah Rotz and Evan Fraser discuss some of the vulnerabilities that COVID-19 has exposed in our food system with TVO Agenda's, Steven Paikin. Addressing the weaknesses and amplifying the strengths of food supply chains is a necessary step to develop a more resilient food system. Rotz, Fraser and Ian Mosby discuss this in detail in their recent book, "Uncertain Harvest: The Future of Food on a Warming Planet".

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National Index on Agri-Food Performance: Webinar

The Canadian agri-food sector is considering how to demonstrate its leadership on environmental sustainability and other indicators of being a trusted food leader.

Maintaining Family Routines During the Pandemic

Prof. Jess Haines, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, offers tips for maintaining family routines during the pandemic.

U of G Expert on the Seafood Industry During the Pandemic

U of G Rural Studies Expert on Cottage Travel During the Pandemic

Safe Grocery Shopping: U of G Expert Dispels Myths

Following Along on Twitter

The Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam on #FlattenTheCurve 

Arrell Chair, Dr. Philip Loring on food security and supplies during a pandemic

University of Guelph for Live Updates