The pandemic has underscored the importance of fostering a more resilient food system, from supply chains to safety nets. As we near the end of 2020, we’re asking, what are the top policy priorities as we look towards the new year and the new administration? We look closely at the connection between federal policy and local food, exploring three federal policy priorities that would strengthen regional food systems and preserve local culinary culture. Hear from experts about their proposals for forging more holistic government contracts that prioritize regional,  independent and sustainable farms; deferring principal payments on Farm Service Agency loans as a means to support native farmers and stimulate tribal economies; and passing the RESTAURANTS Act to help independent restaurants make up for lost revenue. 

This episode is part of a three-episode mini-series created in collaboration with The Rockefeller Foundation. To learn more about the Foundation's Food Initiative and global commitments, visit

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This project is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act. 

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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