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to illustrate the need for a resilient food system.

Action #3: Submit an essay.

The Journal for Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (JAFSCD) is asking for essays from grassroots voices about the implications of COVID-19 on our food system. This request presents our Food Systems Team with the opportunity to illustrate the connection between the fragility of our current food system in the face of this crisis, and the promise of resilience offered by the Headwaters Bill. What are the challenges, and what innovative solutions does the Headwaters Bill present? Essays can be up to 1,000 words and should be submitted before September 30, 2020.

JAFSCD submission instructions:

As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps across the planet, community safety nets are being stretched to the breaking point and even snapping. Resilient food systems play a critical role in feeding some of our most vulnerable citizens—children, the working poor, and seniors—many of whom are now isolated and struggling to cope. With the onset of spring, gardeners, growers, and farmers markets struggle to find a way to open while maintaining social distancing. Even the mainstream food supply is threatened, as farmers who have been dealing with distortions in the global food system due to trade wars and climate change now scramble to find and protect laborers who are the backbone of the food supply. We would like to share how the good food movement is responding to these issues.

Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, the effects and implications of COVID-19 on:

  • Emergency food assistance programs’ challenges and creative responses
  • Food security of vulnerable populations
  • Food system planning
  • Direct marketing
  • Food system governance
  • Agriculture of the middle
  • Supply chain vulnerability and/or opportunities
  • Supporting self-provisioning efforts (home gardens, community gardens, etc.)
  • Cooperative Extension and other NGO responses
  • Agroecological responses

Submission Deadline: Anytime before September 30, 2020
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