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By Adrian Card
Colorado State University Extension Boulder County 

Food systems and priorities in the time of COVID-19

 

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A shift of food demand from restaurants to homes led to food shortages at grocery stores in the first week of the COVID19 health emergency.

Eating at home more lately? You are not alone. Consumer food demand has pivoted abruptly over the past two months from about 50% of meals consumed outside of the home to virtually none. My experiences early in this shift revealed household purchases stripping local supermarket inventories, leaving shelves bare of produce, meat, eggs, paper products, etc.

Trade associations and supply chain experts note there is no major lack of US food supply, aside from some slowdown in meatpacking due to workforce health issues, but explain that for some products, a food producer's ability to pivot f...



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