During Environmental Initiative’s 2020 Policy Forum Series, we’re tackling the overarching question: How are the COVID-19 pandemic, economic instability, and calls for racial justice impacting environmental policy and decision making in this moment? In each forum, we strive to tackle this question’s application to a particular sector: local economy, food systems, and transportation.
The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changed the way we produce, distribute, and consume our food. With the service sector shutting down, school and corporate cafeterias closing, and more people cooking and eating in their homes, our food systems and supply chains were tested, stretched, and sometimes fully halted. In these ever-changing times, we must consider ways to build resiliency into our food systems in Minnesota.
We Will Explore:
- How diversification of farmers, produce, and farms in Minnesota contributes to the resiliency of both Minnesota’s food systems and its natural systems.
- Supports needed to assure farming is a sustainable career path for new or emerging farmers who will need to weather economic shocks.
- Opportunities to create greater flexibility in supply chains as consumer needs and interests shift.
- Utilizing and increasing access to existing programs and resources to enhance food system resiliency.
Engaging Digital Format
- Pre-recorded audio content for registrants featuring speaker interviews.
- Interactive webinars to include relationship-building opportunities, a panel, Q&A with panelists, and application-focused, self-directed break-out groups.
- Summary audio content and further reading including key points from speakers and reflections from participants about lessons learned and next steps.