Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health


January 20, 2022

Resiliency of food systems during COVID-19

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A UW study focuses on the adaptations made to keep food systems going during the pandemic. It found a third of farmers formed new working relationships while coping with supply chain failures, worker shortages and more.

January 11, 2022

New Evidence Suggests That Seattle’s Soda Tax Is Working — and It’s Working Well

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A study in Baltimore which uses grocery store sales data bolsters early evidence published by UW Center for Public Health Nutrition, supporting the that the Seattle soda tax is working. Jessica Jones-Smith, lead researcher involved in the UW research is quoted.

January 9, 2022

Studies show how the pandemic pushed the food system to the brink

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UW researchers published a study commissioned by the state Department of Agriculture that focused on the resiliency of the state’s food system during the pandemic, and the adaptations made by the system.

December 14, 2021

Studies show extent of strain to Washington’s food access and food production systems due to COVID-19

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A UW study commissioned by the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) by researchers in the Center for Public Health Nutrition in the UW School of Public Health demonstrates how the COVID-19 pandemic affected access to food in Washington, in the areas of both food production and food assistance, and how the state can learn…

Washington state food assessment report: How the pandemic has affected food access

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New UW study commissioned by the Washington State Department of Agriculture shows the pandemic’s strain on Washington’s food access and food production systems. This DEOHS blog post highlights the team’s findings.

December 7, 2021

Survey of Washington state tribal communities illustrates how pandemic has exacerbated food disparities

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Project finds barriers to traditional foods access and major disparities in food insecurity among Washington state tribal communities during the COVID-19 pandemic A recent survey of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals sheds further light on the disparate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic among Washington State tribal communities. The project, the WA Tribal Food Survey (WATRIBAL),…

December 2, 2021

How a key nutritional program adapted to the pandemic

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As the COVID-19 pandemic created economic hardship and food insecurity for many families, a key governmental program for nutritional support pivoted to offer remote services and more flexible food options. As a result, participation and satisfaction with the program grew, according to findings from a new study by University of Washington researchers and the program,…

October 28, 2021

New website highlights food systems experts and educational opportunities across UW

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A new Food Systems at UW website has been launched to provide a central resource hub of people, organizations, and educational opportunities related to food systems at UW. The website was initiated by the UW Food Systems Education and Research Network, and this network aims to:  Bring together UW experts from multiple disciplines to address…

September 1, 2021

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July 15, 2021

WAFOOD food security survey now open to WA residents

UW & WSU Washington State Food Security Survey

A third wave of the WAFOOD Survey is now active, and asks all Washington State residents over the age of 18 to provide information on their household food access, economic security, and emotional well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier findings gathered in June and July 2020, found that 30% of WA households were food insecure,…

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