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Scenario and perspectives of Brazilian food system in face of Covid-19 pandemic


  • Rossana Pacheco da Costa Proença Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Mariana Vieira dos Santos Kraemer Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Vanessa Mello Rodrigues Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
  • Lúcio Costa Proença Ministério do Meio Ambiente
  • Rafaella Guimarães Moraes Camargo Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  • Semíramis Martins Alvarés Domene Universidade Federal de São Paulo



SARS-CoV-2, Food security, Environmental resilience, Food consumption, Regenerative economics, Short food supply chains


A food system can be defined as the entire range of processes and resources involved from the production of food through its consumption, including disposal of waste. The objective of this perspective paper is to discuss some of the impacts of Covid-19 on the hegemonic Brazilian food system. Based on a description of the pre-pandemic scenario, the article discusses the hegemonic food system in Brazil and its known effects on quality of life and environment, as well as the consequences that led to the current condition of fragility, with a great risk of crises, such as the one we now face. Briefly, the article also reflects on possible transformative changes resulting from the sanitary crises. Finally, possible ways of leading to a fairer, truly regenerative, local based and inclusive food system, are discussed. It is evident that just promoting healthy food systems is not enough, it is necessary to divest in degenerative systems, structured to increase earnings and the balance trade.  These demands reconfiguring and redirecting public policies and investments related to land use, expanding spaces and giving priority to financial, political and social resources to nourish food systems that result in more systemic benefits.


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