On Giving Tuesday, Help CAST Help Others

#GivingTuesdayNow (May 5) is a new global day of giving created in response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. CAST is focusing on this altruistic movement in several ways: (1) Continuing to provide balanced, credible science-based information about food and agriculture to all, (2) asking anyone interested in supporting CAST’s work in honor of this day to redirect their contributions to organizations serving the food insecure in their own community, and (3) encouraging our members to share timely news about agriculture, food, and science with us so we can then pass it along.

So through Tuesday, May 5 (and beyond), visit the CAST website and social media outlets for scientific information and ag resources that we are highlighting or sharing. This is our way of honoring those in food and agriculture fields who are doing extraordinary things to benefit us all—and being there for you, our valued members, supporters, and volunteers. Please stay safe and healthy.

Possible links to share:

These Purdue University experts provide answers to tough questions about food supplies, livestock welfare, and farmers facing difficulties in this pandemic era.

Many are helping the food insecure; communities are uniting and state food bank programs are operating on a daily basis.

Our food is safe. Dr. Mindy Brashears, the Under Secretary for Food Safety at the USDA, explains. Read Brashears’ complete essay here.  

The CDC says that coronavirus is not passed on through food.

Professor Stuart Smyth notes that the agricultural industry delivers safe and nutritious foods, but some people are using the global pandemic to spread disinformation about modern agriculture and food production.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, FFA members and FFA alumni and supporters across the country continue to serve and feed America while helping others in their communities.  

This series—organized by Marty Matlock (University of Arkansas)—looks at the science-based pros and cons of different food choices and farming methods, and their impacts on sustainability. Matlock won the 2018 BCCA.    

Jayson Lusk (Purdue University and 2017 BCCA) talks about the impact of COVID-19 on food prices and availability, especially regarding the varied price ranges for cuts of meat.  

Many groups are working to link farmers with interested local buyers. Some sites—such as this one from the Practical Farmers of Iowa—serve as a directory of farms and consumers. 

Penn State students and alum are embodying the “We Are” spirit by keeping campus food pantries open and donating to food banks.  

The produce and allied industries are continuing to help during the COVID-19 crisis with efforts from growers, shippers, trade groups, wholesalers, and food service companies.

For informational links about gardening and other “home food experiences,” check out this latest CAST blog.

As farmers and food banks grapple with unprecedented challenges, major organizations petition the USDA to solve gaps in the supply chain. Check out this CAST blog containing various links about the ways the nation’s food supply chain is being affected by the virus.  

During the pandemic crisis, the nation’s poultry and agriculture industries are working non-stop to meet nutritional needs in the United States and around the world.  

Check these three recent blog posts for more useful information:

(1) Hoaxes and misinformation 

(2) COVID-19 and food safety/systems  

(3) Resources for virtual learning  

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