Podcast Episode 156: The Pandemic, Food Econ & the Grain Industry – Christine Cochran

Jul 28, 2020

The Pandemic’s impact on farming, food economics, and the food industry

Tune in to this episode to learn about:

  • The pandemic’s effect on the food industry and supply chains
  • Did those empty grocery shelves represent a true food shortage? If not, what explains it?
  • Grain’s journey from field to table and what challenges the pandemic has presented
  • What long-term impacts might this pandemic have on grocery shopping and other behaviors
  • How today’s wheat compares to that of the past
  • A sneak peek at the Dietary Guidelines

Food meets a combination of sensory, physical, and emotional needs. While all ‘comfort foods’ are okay in moderation, grain foods may be one of the most nutritious and versatile comfort foods of all.”

Christine Cochran, BS, JD

Christine Cochran, BS, JDChristine Cochran is the executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation. A lover of grains before joining the Foundation, she is now an educated lover of grains. With 15 years of experience in non-profit association management, Christine has spent the past eight years at the Grain Foods Foundation (GFF) in Washington, D.C. Christine has been the Executive Director – and vision caster, chief strategist, and builder of a nutrition research pipeline – since coming to the organization in 2012.

Prior to her work at GFF, beginning in 2004, Christine served a completely different part of the agricultural industry at the Commodity Markets Council (CMC), also in Washington, D.C.

Christine has a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri and a J.D. from Georgetown University. In addition to association management, Christine’s personal and professional interests include international travel, being a sports spectator, physical fitness, cooking, and her neighborhood CSA. She also enjoys parenting three very busy children with her husband Todd. She lives with her family on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

My background bridges agriculture, trade, and nutrition, so I can help those that are looking to bulk up their ‘food literacy’. Where our food comes from, how to understand science, how we should actually choose what we feed ourselves and our families… These are the questions I have spent many years studying and thinking about. I help people redefine their reality with fact-based information that they were either missing entirely or had not been presented in an engaging way.”


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