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John Garvey: Time to think local as Covid exposes brittleness of global food supply chain

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John Garvey

John Garvey

John Garvey

Food security has become a big issue, with stories of food shortages emerging even in the US and Europe. Managing food security requires us to think about our food supply as a complex system.

Covid-19 has broken multiple connections across the global food supply chain, providing us with a stark warning about a system that is both highly efficient and very brittle.

In the coming months, many of the direct impacts of the pandemic on food supply look set to subside as workers return. However, it is likely that the aftershocks to economic activity and global trade will force changes to how food is produced and how we consume it.