With this entire year an episode in locking down America and 'Pandemic 101' with covid-19, coronavirus and 'pandemic' ringing out throughout the Halls of Congress and the streets of 'every-day, main-street America', what's quickly becoming the most concerning 'aspect' of all of this is just how quickly this has been able to 'take down' America and particularly our economy, transforming our once thriving nation into the new Venezuela with food lines stretching miles, many store owners boarding up their shops and people growing incredibly concerned about how they're going to be able to feed their families hinting at what's next on the horizon.
As Susan Duclos had reported within this April 6th ANP story, with the European Union just deciding to classify 'bugs', yes 'insects', as a 'novel food' to allow 'production of bug-based food items' and, 'by autumn' hinting at a timeframe for all of this unfolding, as we hear in the must-watch 1st video at the bottom of this story by 'Ice Age Farmer' as was reported in this Yahoo News story, a leaked DHS/FEMA document reveals a timeline for potential food shortages in the US, and possibly measured in days to weeks, not months or years.
The document, titled “Senior Leadership Brief COVID-19” and dated April 2, 2020, bears the seals of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. It contains a brief description of findings made by the Food Supply Chain Task Force on the availability of PPE. Such equipment has been in short supply in hospitals, where doctors and nurses are routinely exposed to high amounts of coronavirus.
The food industry also relies on a variety of protective equipment for food safety. The April 2 briefing warns that the task force had completed an analysis and there could be “commodity impacts if current PPE inventory is exhausted.” There would be shortages of milk within 24 hours and of fresh fruits and vegetables “within several days.” The document estimates that “meat, poultry, seafood, and processed eggs” would become scarce within a period of two to four weeks, while “dry goods and processed foods inventories” — that is, the non-perishables that are pantry staples — could become scarce “as soon as four weeks” after face masks and gloves run out across the food supply chain.
The document is a warning, and is not descriptive of the current situation. There are no signs of a food shortage across the nation. (ANP: We'll disagree with that last statement!) But the coronavirus pandemic is putting strain on every aspect of the food supply chain, from the people who raise and grow what we eat to the people who deliver it to our supermarkets.
Food economist Shub Debgupta, who has pointed out that the coronavirus could imperil food supply, told Yahoo News that the United States “came into the whole virus outbreak with a relatively strong position. Because of the China trade war, lots of frozen foods were in storage for a long time, we had a cushion we could rely on. That’s disappearing now."
While he agreed with the government’s previous statements about the food supply chain, he did caution that the situation could change in the coming weeks. Like Stanton, he cited the movement of food down the supply chain as the biggest potential problem.
“A few weeks or a month ago we were fine,” Debgupta said. “We are fine. The issue really is in the distribution. If we don't address that — the movement of people and goods — we’ll be in quite a lot of trouble.”
So where does this all lead? For those who hadn't prepared, the worst case scenarios are almost unimaginable.
With this pandemic bringing down much of the entire system in absolutely record time and throwing the failed impeachment proceedings out of America's minds at a time when President Trump and America should have been moving boldly into the future, and this pandemic allowing the rollout of many of the globalists satanic agendas, as Michael Snyder asks in the beginning of this new story, what are Americans going to do when food banks no longer have any more food, especially with so many Americans out of work and quickly growing out of hope?
What are hungry Americans going to do when the food banks don’t have any more food for them? Over the past couple of weeks, we have witnessed the largest spike in unemployment in all of U.S. history. Since most of those workers did not have any sort of a cushion to fall bank on, a lot of of them have been forced to seek out emergency assistance for themselves and their families almost immediately. Of course our national network of food banks was not built to handle this sort of a scenario, and as you will see below, many of them are already starting to run out of food. But if things are this bad at the very beginning of this new economic downturn, what are things going to look like a few months from now?
It is imperative for people to understand that we are now in uncharted territory. At this point, even the head of the IMF is warning that this new economic crisis will be “way worse” that the last recession…
The coronavirus pandemic has created an economic crisis “like no other” — one that is “way worse” than the 2008 global financial crisis, the International Monetary Fund’s top official said Friday.
“Never in the history of the IMF have we witnessed the world economy come to a standstill,” Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF, said at a news conference.
And of course we are already seeing economic numbers in the United States that absolutely blow away anything that we witnessed back in 2008 and 2009. I don’t know that any of us ever anticipated seeing a single week when 6.6. million Americans would file new claims for unemployment benefits.
With millions of Americans out of work, the food banks already buckling only a few weeks into this crisis and really no end to it in site as grocery store shelves empty and the supply chain begins to dry up, how much longer will 'the average American' be able to withstand the growing pressure of America looking more and more like Venezuela every day? As Snyder also points out in his story, these food lines are also happening in some of the most wealthy areas of America!
According to Bloomberg, “bread lines are forming” even in some of the wealthiest areas of the country…
With more than 10 million people across the nation suddenly unemployed, bread lines are forming in the shadows of privileged enclaves like this one in Florida.
For the past two weeks, the kitchen staff at Howley’s has been cooking up free meals—the other day it was smoked barbecue chicken with rice and beans, and salad—for thousands of laid off workers from Palm Beach’s shuttered restaurants and resorts. The rows of brown-bag lunches and dinners are an early warning that the country’s income gap is about to be wrenched wider as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, and the deep recession it has brought with it.
Elsewhere, vehicles are lining up at the crack of dawn at food banks all across the United states.
Feeding America is the largest food bank network in the nation, and the demand that they are seeing right now is unprecedented…
Millions of people newly unemployed mean food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens are seeing a flood of new clients appearing at their doors, just as supplies are dwindling because of growing demand from consumers stuck at home.
Food banks are reporting a 40% increase in demand, on average, said Katie Fitzgerald, chief operating officer at Feeding America, a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs nationwide. Some say they are seeing double to quadruple the number of people asking for help.
Unfortunately, this is happening at the same time that donations to food banks are way, way down. Feeding America locations are usually heavily supplied by major retailers, and right now those retailers are having a really difficult time keeping their own shelves stocked.
As a result, Fitzgerald is warning that some Feeding America locations may soon “not have enough food to distribute”…
“Food banks could very well get so low on their inventories that they would not have enough food to distribute,” she said.
In 1906, Alfred Henry Lewis stated, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.” Since then, his observation has been echoed by people as disparate as Robert Heinlein and Leon Trotsky.
The key here is that, unlike all other commodities, food is the one essential that cannot be postponed. If there were a shortage of, say, shoes, we could make do for months or even years. A shortage of gasoline would be worse, but we could survive it, through mass transport or even walking, if necessary. But food is different.
If there were an interruption in the supply of food, fear would set in immediately. And, if the resumption of the food supply were uncertain, the fear would become pronounced. After only nine missed meals, it’s not unlikely that we’d panic and be prepared to commit a crime to acquire food.
If we were to see our neighbour with a loaf of bread, and we owned a gun, we might well say, “I’m sorry, you’re a good neighbour and we’ve been friends for years, but my children haven’t eaten today – I have to have that bread – even if I have to shoot you.”
So before we close, we have to take an extended look back in time at a 1973 dystopian thriller movie featuring Charlton Heston titled 'Soylent Green'that takes place in the year 2022 and as we read in the excerpt below, the movie featured a world somewhat like our own in the eyes of leftists and quite interestingly, takes place largely in New York City. From Wikipedia.:
In the year 2022, the cumulative effects of overpopulation, pollution and some apparent climate catastrophe have caused severe worldwide shortages of food, water and housing. There are 40 million people in New York City alone, where only the city's elite can afford spacious apartments, clean water and natural food, and even then at horrendously high prices. The homes of the elite usually include concubines who are referred to as "furniture" and serve the tenants as slaves.
Within the city lives New York City Police Department detective Frank Thorn with his aged friend Sol Roth, a highly intelligent analyst, referred to as a "Book". Roth remembers the world when it had animals and real food, and possesses a small library of reference materials to assist Thorn. Thorn is tasked with investigating the murder of the wealthy and influential William R. Simonson, and quickly learns that Simonson had been assassinated and was a board member of Soylent Industries.
Soylent Industries, which derives its name from a combination of "soy" and "lentil", controls the food supply of half of the world and sells the artificially produced wafers, including "Soylent Red" and "Soylent Yellow". Their latest product is the far more flavorful and nutritious "Soylent Green", advertised as being made from ocean plankton, but is in short supply. As a result of the weekly supply bottlenecks, the hungry masses regularly riot, and they are brutally removed from the streets by means of police vehicles that scoop the rioters with large shovels and dump them within the vehicle's container.
With the help of "furniture" Shirl, with whom Thorn begins a relationship, his investigation leads to a priest that Simonson had visited and confessed to shortly before his death. The priest is only able to hint at a gruesome truth before he himself is murdered. By order of the governor, Thorn is instructed to end the investigation, but he presses on. He is attacked during a riot, by the same assassin who killed Simonson, but the killer is crushed by a police vehicle.
Roth brings two volumes of oceanographic reports Thorn had procured from Simonson's apartment to the team of Books at the Supreme Exchange. The books confirm that the oceans no longer produce plankton, and deduce that Soylent Green is produced from some inconceivable supply of protein. They also deduce that Simonson's murder was ordered by his fellow Soylent Industries board members, knowing he was increasingly troubled by the truth. Roth is so disgusted with his life in a degraded world that he decides to "return to the home of God" and seeks assisted suicide at a government clinic. Thorn finds a message left by Roth and rushes to stop him, but arrives too late. Roth and Thorn are mesmerized by the euthanasia process's visual and musical montage—long-gone forests, wild animals, rivers and ocean life. Before dying, Roth whispers what he has learned to Thorn, begging him to find proof, so that the Council of Nations can take action.
Thorn boards a truck transporting bodies from the euthanasia center to a recycling plant, where the secret is revealed – human corpses are being converted into Soylent Green. He is spotted and kills his attackers, but is himself wounded. As Thorn is tended to by paramedics, he urges his police chief to spread the truth he has discovered and initiate proceedings against the company. While being taken away, Thorn shouts out to the surrounding crowd, "Soylent Green is people!"
And while thankfully America and the world may still be quite some time away from devolving into a world of 'soylent green' for our next meals, with the European Union now turning to bugs while more and more signs emerge of food and supply shortages ahead, and shortages much worse than we're seeing now, we should all double-down on our prepping while we still can and get ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically prepared for the very real potential of civil unrest and chaos in the days ahead.
In the 2nd video below we also hear from 'Ice Age Farmer' and his suggestions that Americans begin to grow their own food now while we still can do so with a very unknown future ahead and food absolutely the difference between life and death. As Susan Duclos had concluded within this April 6th ANP story, seeing governments encourage the consuption of bugs or bug-based foods indicates they are fully aware that "normal" foods are going to be in short supply and prices for what is available is going to skyrocket.
Be ready when the food shortages hit, because then, even if it doesn't hit immediately, you are prepared to ride out whatever they are hiding from us when it finally does.
Also, be prepared to protect what you have.
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