In this conversation with OHNY executive director Gregory Wessner, Karen Karp, president of Karen Karp & Partners, discussed the state of the world’s food supply in the wake of the COVID pandemic.

A national expert on food-related programs and policies, Karp explores the interconnection of the ways in which food is produced, processed, and distributed. The fragility of the world’s food supply has been one of the most alarming realities of the COVID crisis. This conversation will explore the impact that it is having at all scales of the food chain–from farmers and manufacturers to your local grocery–and how it may forever change the way cities feed themselves.


Open House New York’s Conversations on the City offers diverse perspectives on the issues defining New York’s recovery, resilience, and reopening in the aftermath of COVID-19. The series was launched at the onset of the pandemic in April 2020 amid a moment of uncertainty about the future of urban life, ultimately drawing together an audience of 10,000 over the subsequent months. Organized around a broad theme or topic, the series has a point of view: urban life brings an abiding joy. What makes cities continue to thrive, what propels them forward, is a shared need for human connection; this is what cities make possible and it will always prevail over whatever challenges may arise.