Food Economist Discusses Meat Plants, Restaurant Futures

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Prof. Mike von MassowProf. Mike von Massow, a food economist in the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, spoke with Global News about how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Canada’s meat processing industry.

Von Massow said plants in Alberta have introduced PPE for workers, installed plastic barriers between workers to reduce air flow, and staggered employees’ start and finish times.

CBC Kitchener also spoke with von Massow about whether restaurants can survive the pandemic. He said many customers will try to patronize their favourite places, but the outlook is not as good in university towns that rely on students for customers.

Von Massow studies the structure and performance of food supply chains, and has conducted several media interviews about how the pandemic has affected different parts of Canada’s food chain.