In our final installment of the Lessons from the Pandemic series, we shift from the impact on the food system to the impact on the Northeast’s fiber system. The timber industry reacted quickly to the pandemic, promptly curtailing production, but soon found demand for many wood products would actually increase.
From long lines to empty supermarket shelves, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 caused disruptions in our food system like we have never experienced in our lifetime. In this first installment of our Lessons from the Pandemic series, we take a look at the animal protein sector.
Vegetable growers in the Northeast experienced significant draught in 2020, which is continuing through 2021. Growers selling to foodservice markets had to adjust their marketing, but those selling to grocery stores or direct-to-consumer have seen good sales. Like other agricultural commodities, vegetable demand has shifted but is still strong.