Donald Trump is taking action to stop food shortages that one GOP Congressman warns are coming soon
Disruptions in America’s food supply were virtually inevitable with a prolonged lockdown over the coronavirus.
And now reports are coming in of farmers destroying crops because no one is there to take them.
But now Donald Trump is taking action to stop food shortages that one GOP Congressman warns are coming soon.
The coronavirus is still spreading across the nations and top leaders at the federal and state levels are working to try and balance personal liberties and personal safety.
Unfortunately, most politicians are using the Chinese virus as an opportunity to clamp down on liberty and rip up the Constitution in the name of “public health.”
Stay at home orders, forced business closings, and limits on how many people can gather in one place have put a real hurt on America’s small businesses.
One area of the economy that has not been hurt by the shutdowns is internet marketplaces such as Amazon. Its no wonder why many of the tech big wigs remain in favor of lockdowns.
However, if Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) is right, even the online giants may be singing a different tune soon.
Because if Massie is correct, a huge disruption in the supply chain is occurring as we speak, and it will begin effecting the online giants too. They can’t deliver what they don’t have.
Massie warned, “We are weeks, not months, away from farmers euthanizing animals that would have been sold for meat/food. Also, fruits and vegetables are going to rot in the fields. A drastic change in policy this week could ameliorate this inevitability.”
We are weeks, not months, away from farmers euthanizing animals that would have been sold for meat/food. Also, fruits and vegetables are going to rot in the fields. A drastic change in policy this week could ameliorate this inevitability.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) April 13, 2020
And as if to prove Massie’s point, news reports are coming in showing that some farmers have already started this process.
Meat processing plants seem to be shutting down at a rapid pace.
Smithfield Foods announced one of their major pork manufacturing plants in South Dakota was shut down “indefinitely” after more than 200 of its employees contracted coronavirus. Before the shut down, this plant employed some 3,700 people.
This facility’s output represents as much as 5% of U.S. pork production, supplying more 130 million servings of food a week. Over 550 independent farmers supplied the plant.
And as this article was being written, Smithfield announced the closing of two more plants.
But that is small compared to what The New York Times reports is happening:
“In Wisconsin and Ohio, farmers are dumping thousands of gallons of fresh milk into lagoons and manure pits. An Idaho farmer has dug huge ditches to bury 1 million pounds of onions. And in South Florida, a region that supplies much of the Eastern half of the United States with produce, tractors are crisscrossing bean and cabbage fields, plowing perfectly ripe vegetables back into the soil.”
These farmers are being forced to destroy tens of millions of pounds of fresh food that they can no longer sell.
This is in large part due to the closure of restaurants, hotels, and schools around the country leaving some farmers with no buyers for more than half their crops.
And this situation is only getting worse. Massie is likely very correct in his predictions and if it comes to that, things could get real nasty, real fast.
Hopefully the recent moves by President Trump to start reopening the nation’s economy will help stave off this scenario.