Pathogens and produce: how COVID-19 shook the global food supply chain

Has the United States’ response to the global COVID-19 pandemic proven just how insecure its food supply chain is? Among other countries around the globe, the United States has become an example for why the current agriculture industry has created an unsustainable system that falls apart when put under stress. Through the COVID-19 pandemic, food supply chains have become increasingly strained to the point of near collapse. Similarly, factory farm practices increase the risk for food security and increase the risk of the emergence of a new infectious disease. While boasting many benefits to humanity, industrial agriculture and the modern food supply chain in its current form pose a serious national security threat to not only the United States but the entire global system. Other more sustainable farming practices and food supply chain avenues must therefore be explored and adopted widely, in order to boost food security.

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Pandemic highlights the unsustainable nature of our globalized economy

What lessons has the COVID-19 pandemic taught us?  On the smallest level, washing our hands and maintaining good hygiene are now in the front of our minds.  I’m sure many of us are now more grateful for the lifestyles we were able to live before this calamity happened and we have had to isolate.  Lessons can also be drawn from how our country and society as a whole have reacted to and handled the pandemic. 

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Time for change: COVID-19’s fracturing of the global supply chain

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread to almost every nation impacting the trade of resources and commodities. Supply chains and distribution channels have been damaged or forced to change because of the virus. There have been shortages of goods including food, protective equipment, and toilet paper due to supply issues. The world has been faced with the effects of a globalized economy in which manufacturing has been exported to regions afar. Vital supplies for a pandemic such as masks and gloves are only produced in certain regions of the globe, making the response to such diseases more challenging. A globalized trade system directly increases environmental issues related to the production of greenhouse gases from transportation. Lessons must be learned from this pandemic in order to attempt to fix the structural trade problems that threaten our environment and national security. 

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