The economic recovery plan has been developed with an equity lens guiding the effort. This represents not just the longstanding commitment of both the local partners and national management team to equitable economic growth and recovery, but the necessity to respond to this recent uproar for greater racial equity within the country and region. Equity must be a part of economic recovery because without it all efforts will be viewed as having no real meaning. This is the time to take a serious look at how you can implement an equity perspective into your economic recovery plan.
The first place to start is the public health field. The economic recovery plan has included an increased focus on expanding the public's ability to fight against epidemics. Contagious disease outbreaks such as the recent West Nile Virus have increased awareness of why we must do all that we can to prevent the spread of these viruses. Many people are now aware of the connection between poor nutrition and this pandemic. It is important for all health officials to continue to promote good nutrition and work closely with parents and the community on creating a more healthy eating environment for children.
Another obvious place for the investment in public health and nutrition is in working families. Those who work for the major corporations are often those who live in poverty. The recent reports by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on food market surveys confirm that many working families do not have enough income to meet their basic needs. This includes sufficient income to afford food, clean water, proper hygiene, and adequate shelter.
This long-term recovery strategy has always focused on three key areas: the improvement of housing conditions, the improvement of the nation's food supply, and the promotion of healthy eating habits and lifestyles. This three-pronged approach has been proven to be successful. In fact, following the recent West Nile Virus outbreak the USDA began an economic recovery plan to address the food supply problem. This has resulted in over $20 million dollars being allocated to addressing the problem.
As indicated above, the primary objective of the economic recovery plan is to address the food supply problems, and this is being accomplished. The success of this effort is due to increased farm production, improved transportation methods, and the use of new technologies. One such technological breakthrough is the development and implementation of the Covid-19 Virus Elimination System (Covid-19). The Covid-19 is a biological agent that completely destroys or removes viruses and other harmful micro-organisms from livestock and humans alike.
For those in the small business sector, this news is a welcome and positive addition. The combination of federal assistance with the biotechnology industry for food safety and the biotechnology industry itself for food production is a fantastic opportunity to expand and grow our businesses. It . . . . . . is a chance to advance into new markets and to help create jobs and wealth in communities all across the nation. These two sectors alone can create over one hundred thousand jobs in the short term and over two hundred thousand jobs and growing over the next two to four years.