No matter the disaster, be it economic collapse, natural disaster, flooding and early freezes decimating crops and harvests, or as we are witnessing now, a pandemic, the one thing each of these events have in common, is they cause a food supply disruption as the food chain breaks down.
We in the Independent Media have long warned that food was going to become a problem eventually, watching things get worse as event after event piled onto each others, all effecting the food supply.
Flooding hit the mid-West prevented farmers from planting on time, with some not able to plant at all. Those same floods also destroying the livestock and livelihood of other ranchers. Then came an early freeze which rushed the harvest of crops that already had a late start in planting.
Many know by now that as soon as the mainstream media finally started reporting on the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many rushed to the stores and started panic shopping, emptying shelves of cleaning supplies, toilet paper, frozen pizzas (Yeah, I know, not the smartest choices), and only survival food companies started seeing a massive influx of orders, enough to now have notices at the top of their pages stating shipping and delivery could take a month or three.
Note: That is assuming they will be able to restock their supplies.
Most the grocery store items are slowly getting restocked, with some simply staying unavailable for the time being, and others have limited supplies, and the longer these states keep their stay-at-home orders in place, the faster people will start emptying shelves again.
That is only one set of problems though that affect the food supply chain. There are shortages and then a shortage of consumers for other products, leaving an over-supply of products that is having to be destroyed, dumped or killed.
The problem isn’t a shortage of food and commodities. If anything, food waste is becoming a bigger issue as traditionally big, bulk buyers — like college dorms and restaurant chains — suddenly stop receiving deliveries. As a result, millions of gallons of milk are being dumped, and farmers have no alternative but to turn fresh vegetables into mulch.
So on one had there are massive shortages, and on the other there is a lack of demand forcing the destruction of millions upon millions pounds of food.
Many believe that when the states lift their stay-at-home orders and cities start functioning again that the food "issue" will magically fix itself.
Those fruits and vegetables that the farmers have to mulch or destroy, are not going to suddenly come back, it is gone.
The chickens that have euthanized are not going to magically come back to life.
Grocery store shelves and the food supply chain may never get back to where it once was, and that is a prospect people should be preparing for.
With that said.... we found more items either back in stock or still in stock, to supplement what is stored already, to last until those that have started growing their own food, are ready to harvest and/or can those foods.
Over the past few years the perfect storm has hit the food chain and supply lines, from meats to vegetables to fruits, and then came COVID-19 and massive closures forcing farmers to dump, kill and destroy their hard work.
All states could (They are not) open everyting back up today and it still won't bring any of those wasted products back.
Things are going to get worse before they get better, and "better" is relative term depending on ones definition of it.
Be careful, stay safe and god bless you all.
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