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Thursday, May 14, 2020 - 11:30pm

Throwback Thursday | From Farm to Store: Challenges Facing Rural Food Systems

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Panel Discussion

The pandemic has rocked the global food supply chain, leading some—like those at meat processing plants including Tyson Foods to claim that the food supply chain is “breaking.” Others insist that, while whole segments of the supply may have come to a standstill, the system is resilient and adapting. But to keep the pace, these food systems rely on several million seasonal agricultural workers, many of whom face particular risks during the pandemic, not least of all their working conditions, immigration statuses, and their own food security.
For this week’s Throwback Thursday event, we invite you to join us as we revisit this conversation from 2017, about the intersection of food systems, agriculture, and sociocultural networks in the greater Minnesota area. Featuring panelists Laura Bloomberg (Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs), Sheri Breen (Political Science, UMN-Morris), Mary Jo Forbord (Morris Healthy Eating Initiative), and Michael Schmitt (Associate Dean for Extension, College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resource Sciences.


Current IAS Facutly Fellow Fernando Burga studies food access and transportation in rural Minnesota. Read this article about his work exploring the rural food network, and listen to him speak about his research on the CIVIOS Podcast.
If you’re looking for more resources or free courses about strengthening your own food systems during these challenging times, check out the University of Minnesota’s Extension School: Rapid Response Local Foods College.
Additional food-related resources from the University of Minnesota Extension school are available here.


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