Check out Professor of Sociology Andrew Deener's recent article in American Sociological Association Footnotes titled "Values of the Food System on Display." The article discusses how the recent COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted longstanding issues of food waste and food insecurity in the U.S. food system.
"While the coronavirus pandemic put a spotlight on the U.S. food system, the pandemic is not the cause of these problems. In fact, both food waste and food insecurity are normal features of the food system. The USDA estimates that between 30 and 40 percent of the food supply is wasted every year, and food insecurity has remained a constant policy issue for decades without the federal government ever developing comprehensive solutions."