Profound changes in the way food is grown, processed, distributed, consumed, and wasted over the last several decades have led to increasing threats to a future of food that is sustainable, equitable, and secure, particularly when coupled with climate change, species extinction, increasing globalization, and shifting global economics, politics, and demographics. The predominant industrial food system is too dependent on fossil fuels and non-renewable inputs that result in pollution and environmental damage. It is also at the root of eroding human health, social cohesion, rural livelihoods, and important social, cultural, and spiritual traditions. Furthermore, it supports an economic system that results in interconnected human and planetary liabilities due to hidden costs, global trade vulnerabilities, declining rural economies, and increased inequality. These impacts are experienced unequally across the globe, with the burden placed on vulnerable and marginalized populations.
As we watch COVID-19 travel a well-worn path of inequity worldwide, Frameworks for Transformation play a key role in moving us from the status quo toward positive visions for the future.