Virginia Tech experts say food supply chain is strong

The food supply chain will be able to withstand the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to feed Americans across the country, two Virginia Tech experts said. 

The demand for the U.S. food supply chain will shift from restaurants to grocery stores, compensating for the increased reliance on eating at home, said Olga Isengildina-Massa, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“I don’t anticipate any problems with running out of food,” Isengildina-Massa said. “No one is stopping growing crops or raising livestock, and our fundamental agriculture industry is still going strong.”

The stock-outs, or empty shelves, at grocery stores are a good sign for…


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