The primary threat to nature and people today comes from centralizing and monopolizing power and control. Not until diversity is made the logic of production will there be a chance for sustainability, justice, and peace. Cultivating and conserving diversity is no luxury in our times: it is a survival imperative.

—Vandana Shiva

Resilience is a response to rising levels of insecurity, complexity, and vulnerability in our lives. It refers to our collective ability to respond and recover from adverse conditions, including natural disasters, public health crises, acts of violence, economic hardship, consolidation of power, and cultural loss. It also reflects the capacity of people and communities to heal and rebuild the systems that create and perpetuate vulnerabilities in the first place. Today, there is a growing recognition that the severe and widespread impacts of continuous shocks, threats, and crises are compromising community resilience and our collective survival.

In the food system, industrial agriculture, long supply chains, and consolidation of power have been common since the 1950s. Today, 20 percent of farms control nearly 70 percent of US farmland, four meatpackers slaughter 85 percent of beef, and four companies control 63 percent of the retail market. This consolidation of power has always compromised the health and sustainability of people and the planet. Now, in the face of increasing natural disasters, public health crises, and growing inequalities, the highly concentrated industrial food system is exposing deep vulnerabilities and threatening the resiliency of people, cultures, livelihoods, and ecosystems.

Through Food Vision 2030, we have an opportunity to better prepare for and adapt to shocks in our food system. We can cultivate diverse local and regional economies and build shorter, fairer, and cleaner food supply chains. We can build stronger safety nets. We can heal relationships with the earth and one another. We can create a diverse and resilient food system that is capable of nourishing us today and for generations to come.

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Moderation Policy

3 July, 2020

SD says:

“Learn from Indigenous communities. Respect our natural environment. conserve resources, and expand and diversify our diets. ”

1 July, 2020

EB says:

“Explore ways to leverage assets to minimize future disruptions (ex: restaurants paid by government to serve prepared food for unemployed) ”

1 July, 2020

EB says:

“Responsive and well-planned federal government programs to be prepared for future catastrophes.”

1 July, 2020

EB says:

“Ensure food assistance programs are active and well-funded to manage future catastrophes”

1 July, 2020

EB says:

“Invest in regional food system capacity - regional food hubs, processing facilities, etc”

1 July, 2020

SS says:

“Create food resilience report like this: https://clf.jhsph.edu/sites/default/files/2019-01/baltimore-food-system-resilience-advisory-report.”