I’m lecturing to students taking Berkeley’s Edible Eduction course. Details about the course are here. It can be watched livestream: details here. In person, it’s at the Anderson Auditorium at the Haas School of Business. I’ll be speaking on current food politics and also about Slow Cooked.
USDA’s take on the effects of the pandemic
The USDA has produced three reports on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on consumers.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic led to significant changes in U.S. consumers’ food-spending patterns in early 2020, with a return to pre-pandemic spending patterns that continued through 2021.
While closures of restaurants and nonessential businesses contributed to record unemployment increases during March and April 2020, unemployment fell to below pre-pandemic levels by December 2021.
Although income and employment have improved, some U.S. households continue to face difficulties obtaining adequate food, particularly in the face of increasing food prices.
It has produced data and charts in three areas.
- Food Spending During the Pandemic:
- Food Prices During the Pandemic
- Food Sufficiency During the Pandemic: The Household Pulse Survey
Here’s one of the charts, this one on prices.
This is the kind of thing the USDA’s Economic Research Service is supposed to be doing. I’m glad they are back on the job.