Food lies at the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. If that need is met, we tend to not give it much thought. If it’s not met, it's probably all we think about. Most of us have enjoyed an abundant, relatively inexpensive food supply and malnutrition may as likely refer to the issues of overeating as to lack of food.
COVID-19 and its supply chain disruptions have brought food to the forefront once again. Images of long lines of cars at food distribution points are juxtaposed with images of farmers dumping milk and plowing under tomatoes.
The UK Alumni Association and the Provost’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) has assembled a group of UK faculty who know and understand the food supply chain from the farmer, processor, distributor, and the consumer. This is a complex supply chain subject to weather, market forces, and consumer perceptions and preferences.
Great Teacher Steve Isaacs, extension professor in Farm Management and Leadership Development in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will host the session to unpack the evolvement and impacts of the food supply chain during COVID-19. Isaacs is also the co-director of the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program (KALP) and director of the UK Income Tax Seminar Program.
Panelists will include the following faculty from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment:
•Will Snell, Extension Professor, Macro Ag Economy, Policy, and Trade; Co-Director, Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program
•Tammy Stephenson, Professor, Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dietetics and Human Nutrition; Director, Undergraduate Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies; Co-Director, Undergraduate Certificate in Nutrition for Human Performance; 2016 Great Teacher Award Recipient
•Jason Swanson, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Retailing and Tourism Management