MILWAUKEE, Oct. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- In the new article "Labor Issues in the Food Supply Chain Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic" published in the Applied Economic Perspectives & Policy, Jeffrey Luckstead from Washington State University, Rodolf Nayga and Heather Price from the University of Arkansas, survey low-skilled domestic workers to understand their attitudes, before and during the pandemic, toward food production, guest workers, immigration policy, and the government's response to COVID-19.
Luckstead says that there were a few main findings, "The outbreak resulted in respondents, on average, shifting their view toward food being a national security issue and a higher degree of empathy for H-2A guest workers.
The results also suggest that providing an additional information on the impact of COVID-19 on agricultural field workers did not impact average responses to questions related to empathy toward H-2A guest workers, to food production, to immigration policy, to concern of a food shortage, and to whether the shelter-in-place orders and economic damage are justified. This is likely because of media saturation on COVID-19 and food supply chains amid the pandemic."
He continues, "The regression analysis provides strong evidence that gender (a) played a strong role in influencing the responses and (b) is the only factor that was statistically significant for all of the questions. Men generally showed less empathy toward H-2A workers and less concern about the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food production and food shortages. They are also less likely to agree that the shelter-in-place order and economic damage are justified."
"Other important factors include past work and currently working in agricultural field jobs, where respondents were more likely to view food as a national security issues, show concern of a food shortage due to COVID-19, but more likely to view the shelter-in-place order is an overreaction" Luckstead explains.
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