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May 4, 2020

COVID-19 and food: California should have enough, some farms struggle while others thrive, farmworker fears

On a recent trip to the Safeway in Midtown Sacramento, I bought cereal, eggs and salsa. I really needed toilet paper, eggs and rice. But those shelves were bare, except for two bags of black rice.  Yet the store didn’t seem like it was going to run out of food anytime soon. This experience inspired me to talk to experts, farmers and the people who harvest our produce about whether this pandemic is threatening our food supply.

COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in some growers’ plans, especially those that rely on restaurants, schools and businesses that are closed. Farmworkers are worried about getting sick and some growers are concerned about how to harvest crops with social-distancing in mind. Both are worried about restricted borders.  Read more