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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
University of Guelph Experts on COVID-19 and Our Food System
Evan Fraser - Food System Resilience
It's time to pivot Canada's food system into the 21st century
Evan and Lenore Newman outline key points for rebuilding a more resilient food system.
Food, History and COVID
Evan and co-authors, Malcolm Campbell and Rene Van Acker ask readers if we will learn important lessons for our food system about resilience and preparedness that help us all navigate the next major disruption
Maria Corradini - Food Safety
In a Nut Shell: Food Safety during COVID-19
Maria answers common questions about COVID-19 and food safety.
What bags should I use at the grocery store during the pandemic?
Maria offers advice on how to shop safely during the pandemic and shares recent findings on contracting the virus from surfaces.
Simon Somogyi - Food Business
From finding solace in baking to the convenience of meal kits, some pandemic food habits may last long after the virus
Simon comments on how food purchasing habits have changed and whether they will persist in a post COVID-19 world.
Food Supply Business Opportunities
Simon provides some context to emerging food business opportunities as a result of COVID-19
Phil Loring - Community & Food
With fresh seafood as elusive as toilet paper, community-supported fisheries could be the answer
Phil discusses different measures that can be taken to sustainably support small-scale fisheries.
As coronavirus threatens seafood economy, community fisheries find ways to stay afloat
Phil and co-authors discuss the toll that COVID-19 is taking on the seafood industry.
What We Are Watching
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".
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.