Pandemic Produce: Impacts of COVID-19 on Florida's Fruit and Vegetable Industries
Florida has one of the most diverse agricultural economies in the United States, producing several dozen types of fruits and vegetables that are consumed within the state, across the country, and around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting policy responses occurred during the peak of spring harvest season for many crops in Florida, abruptly removing market demand from the food service industry and shifting consumer purchasing habits, which enabled insights into several aspects of the fruit and vegetable supply chain. This article examines how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted fruit and vegetable industries in Florida, how these industries responded to COVID-19 impacts, and how Florida's experience compared to that of other states. Data are derived from several sources including a statewide survey that measured agricultural production losses in Florida resulting from COVID-19 in early 2020, interviews with Florida operations that provided insights into how the pandemic induced change across the food supply chain, and a survey of food supply chain operations in three regions of the United States conducted in 2021. © 2022 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.
Journal of Agricultural and Food Industrial Organization
Court, Christa D.; Outerbridge, David; Baker, Lauri; Birou, Laura; Campbell, Catherine; Digiacomo, Gigi; Galindo, Sebastian; Lai, John; Magnier, Alexandre; Miller, Michelle; Oliveira, Gustavo De L.T.; Orlando, Eyrika; Peterson, Hikaru Hanawa; Qiao, Xiaohui; Roka, Fritz; Ropicki, Andrew; Saha, Bijeta Bijen; Stevens, Andrew W.; and Zhang, Li, "Pandemic Produce: Impacts of COVID-19 on Florida's Fruit and Vegetable Industries" (2023). Geography. 940.