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Transformation of the Food Sector: Security and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Food Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Adana Alparslan Turkes Science and Technology University, 07059 Adana, Turkey
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Food and Nutritional Sciences Program, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411, USA
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Chemical Engineering Discipline, School of Engineering, Monash University Malaysia, Bandar Sunway 47500, Malaysia
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Monash-Industry Palm Oil Education and Research Platform (MIPO), Monash University Malaysia, Bandar Sunway 47500, Malaysia
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Research & Innovation Department, Galanakis Laboratories, 73131 Chania, Greece
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Food Waste Recovery Group, ISEKI Food Association, 1190 Vienna, Austria
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Academic Editor: Christopher John Smith
Foods 2021, 10(3), 497; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10030497
Received: 12 January 2021 / Revised: 15 February 2021 / Accepted: 20 February 2021 / Published: 25 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Food Security and Sustainability)
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a new era in the efficacy of the food supply chain, while the consequences of this new era on humanity, the economy, and the food sector are still under examination. For example, food security is one vital aspect of food systems which is directly affected. This review summarizes food security during epidemics and pandemics before moving on to panic buying, food shortages, and price spikes observed during the current crisis. The importance of food resilience, together with the need for addressing issues related to food loss and food waste, is underlined in the review towards food security and sustainable development. As a result, the pandemic has shown that our food systems are fragile. Since the global population and urbanization will grow in the coming decades, pandemics will likely occur more often, and climate change will intensify. Consequently, there is a need to ensure that our food systems become more sustainable and resilient. To that end, we have highlighted the need to develop contingency plans and mitigation strategies that would allow a more rapid response to extreme events (e.g., disasters from climate change) and transform the food sector by making it more resilient. View Full-Text
Keywords: food systems; panic buying; food shortage; food waste; food loss; sustainability; food supply chain food systems; panic buying; food shortage; food waste; food loss; sustainability; food supply chain
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Boyacι-Gündüz, C.P.; Ibrahim, S.A.; Wei, O.C.; Galanakis, C.M. Transformation of the Food Sector: Security and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Foods 2021, 10, 497. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10030497

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Boyacι-Gündüz CP, Ibrahim SA, Wei OC, Galanakis CM. Transformation of the Food Sector: Security and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Foods. 2021; 10(3):497. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10030497

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Boyacι-Gündüz, Cennet P., Salam A. Ibrahim, Ooi C. Wei, and Charis M. Galanakis. 2021. "Transformation of the Food Sector: Security and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic" Foods 10, no. 3: 497. https://doi.org/10.3390/foods10030497

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