The global pandemic is a wake-up call for all of us, about what is truly important: great people and great food. While toilet paper hoarding has hit the media, folks are also stocking up on seeds, filling their freezers with protein, and planting gardens. It’s impossible not to think about where your food comes from at times like these and want to have some control over your supplies.
Our global food system is vulnerable to economic, environmental, and social crises of all shapes and sizes. Food can travel thousands of miles, across multiple borders, and pass through the hands of dozens of people before landing on our plates. Now is the time to be asking ourselves how do we create a resilient, local food system where producers and eaters can easily withstand disturbance and change? This report is one small step in that direction.
On March 18, 2020, FarmFolk CityFolk (FFCF) circulated a short survey to BC farmers with the goal of getting a quick snapshot of the impacts farmers are seeing due to the COVID-19 crisis, asking four questions:
- How is your farm business being impacted right now
- What impacts do you anticipate this year?
- What support do you need right now?
- What support do you anticipate needing this year?
The global situation is moving incredibly fast, and some of the themes that emerged here have already been addressed by fast-acting provincial and federal governments. We hope this report will help personalize the issues and identify some questions for further exploration and the next steps that government and nonprofits can take.
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