New Video Series Salutes the Frontline of the Food Chain

Janie’s Mill has seen demand for small retail bags of flour increase from 10 per day to more than 500. ( BBC Follow the Food )

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The global pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on food supplies. While grocery store shelves and coolers might be empty at times, food is as abundant, safe and affordable as ever.

To recognize the resilience of scientists, farmers, truck drivers, shelf stockers and countless others, BBC’s Follow the Food special series will look at how those in the food industry are managing to keep us fed during the pandemic.

“This is, in a very real sense, nothing short of a miracle. A miracle created by the hard work and ingenuity,” said James Wong, the presenter of the series. “To me they are superheroes, without the capes.”

Sponsored by Corteva Agriscience, the nine-part series of Follow the Food runs weekly on BBC Future, at

Videos and articles will feature a different person on the frontline of the food chain – from Iowa to India. First-person accounts from essential workers bring insights into the daily ingenuity and innovation required to produce and deliver food amid rapidly changing circumstances. The series will include in-depth features about the new technologies and business models that have developed in food production in response to the crisis.

First-hand accounts feature:

  • Illinois miller Harold Wilken, who has seen demand for small retail bags of flour increase from 10 per day to more than 500.


  • Fisherman Alan-David Mundy, who is selling his catch on social media after coronavirus shuttered his export market.
  • A lorry driver who is transporting perishable foods across Europe’s borders.
  • An Indian grain farmer with no one to harvest the crop.
  • A Michigan supermarket worker desperate to maintain social distancing at work but determined to help her local community eat.

“During this extraordinary pandemic, millions of people have experienced food shortages for the first time in their lifetime, so it’s only natural that audience interest in food production and supply chains has greatly increased,” says Dan Kelly, Commissioning Editor at BBC Global News. “We want to hear the stories from the people on the food frontline, from farm to checkout, as they attempt to overcome extraordinary odds, in order to keep us all fed.”

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