The global coronavirus pandemic has shined a light on the industrial agricultural system’s monopolization of our food supply and the exploitation of contract farmers and essential workers at all levels of the supply chain. It has also shown that a resilient, equitable local and regional food system is more important than ever. This crisis offers us an opportunity to reject what isn’t working and build on what is working.
Our panel of local farmers will discuss how this pandemic highlights the need for regional farmers to feed our local communities. A shift to a more sustainable and diverse local farming system can result in increased crop production, a cleaner and healthier environment, and increased economic opportunity for farmers, workers, and communities. Our panelists will provide examples of their experiences with this type of transition and explain what still needs to be done to support these farmers, such as creating regional processing centers. They will also discuss the critical role consumers play in supporting farmers who make the switch -- and more generally their local, sustainable farming community.
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