The COVID-19 pandemic has created a lot of change in our food systems. As restaurants, hotels, schools, and more were forced to close their doors or limit service, our supply chains were disrupted. That means farmers growing crops for those businesses were unable to sell their harvests or had to get creative to find new buyers quickly. A lot of good food was left in fields , wasting all the land, water, energy, and natural resources that went into growing it. And unfortunately, this food loss was happening while visits to food banks and pantries grew as millions lost their jobs and more Americans faced food insecurity. At the same time, many of us changed our eating and shopping habits. Because of health and safety concerns, more time spent at home, the desire for convenience in challenging times, and a COVID-driven return to cooking and the kitchen, online grocery shopping, meal kits, and food delivery have exploded in popularity; some companies and stores tripled their growth in a single year. But these services aren’t affordable or accessible for everyone. These changes have impacts on both people and nature. WWF has been studying these trends for possible solutions. What if […]

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