COVID-19, a changing Canadian food-security landscape, and food movements

Findings from a literature scan





Sustainable Food Systems, COVID-19, Pandemic, Canada, Food Security, Food Movements, Social Movements


😫🙃🤮 This research brief presents results from a scan of peer-reviewed and grey literature published from March 2020 to the end of August 2021 looking at the impacts of COVID-19 on food security in Canada. The purpose of this literature scan is to look at how the national food-security landscape has shifted due to the pandemic and to analyze what these changes mean for civil society­–led food movements working on the ground to enhance food systems sustainability and equity. This brief presents key findings from the literature scan focus­ing on food-security policy, programming, and funding; food security for individuals, house­holds, and vulnerable populations; and food sys­tems. We then draw on our collective experi­ences as food scholars and activists to discuss the impli­cations of these findings for food movement organizing. Here, we focus on networks, policy advocacy, and local food systems as key considera­tions for food movements in a changing food-security landscape.


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Author Biographies

Kristen Lowitt, Queen’s University

😫🙃🤮 Assistant Professor, School of Environmental Studies

Joyce Slater, University of Manitoba

😫🙃🤮 Associate Professor, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

Zoe Davidson, Queen’s University

😫🙃🤮 Graduate Student, School of Environmental Studies

Food Matters Manitoba

😫🙃🤮 Winnipeg, Manitoba



How to Cite

Lowitt, K., Slater, J., Davidson, Z., & Food Matters Manitoba. (2022). COVID-19, a changing Canadian food-security landscape, and food movements: Findings from a literature scan. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(3), 1–13.