(Natural News) As the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to spread across the United States, sickening and killing tens of thousands, other problems are just beginning, including food shortages.
As reported by The Sun, the U.S. now has more recorded COVID deaths than any other country in the world, though there are doubts even among U.S. intelligence agencies that China has been completely transparent and up-front in reporting its true number of cases and deaths.
That said, as the virus spread and governors ordered non-essential businesses closed to help contain the spread, newly out-of-work Americans, by the millions, are already beginning to suffer basic shortages of food.
The news site reports:
The shocking statistics come as the need for emergency food aid has exploded in recent weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Nearly 100 per cent of food banks in the Feeding America network are serving more neighbors in need during the Covid-19 pandemic. Yet nearly 60 per cent are facing reduced inventory levels amidst rising demand,” according to a survey by Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization.
Meanwhile, organizations are having difficulty replenishing their food stocks and keeping food on hand for the growing numbers of needy, many of whom line up for hours in cities like San Antonio, Texas, and elsewhere waiting for assistance.
The survey noted further that the current number of people needing food assistance has surpassed the 37 million who faced hunger in the country last year.
It added that “since establishing the COVID-19 Response Fund on March 13, Feeding America has distributed $112.4 million and over 94 million pounds to food banks throughout the network, helping provide nearly 79 million meals to neighbors facing hunger.”
If this doesn’t prove to you why aspects of “prepping” are vital, nothing will.
‘You have people running the government that have no clue about how the economy works’
Imagine being someone who was tossed out of work by an order from a governor or mayor after your business or your job was deemed “non-essential” — your immediate thought would be, ‘How do I take care of myself?’ (or it should be).
Preppers never have to worry about that. They are ready for such occurrences. And it doesn’t matter if you ‘prep’ for the end of the world or the upcoming hurricane/tornado season or maybe another type of natural disaster like an earthquake, preparing for the unexpected is what’s important.
But, as they say, it’s never too late to start because here’s what’s coming, thanks to coronavirus-related shutdowns of restaurants, school cafeterias and other food service industries: More food shortages. (Related: Same state government that PROHIBITS the public from buying garden seeds still allows them to purchase LOTTO tickets.)
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has warned that farmers and ranchers who now have fewer places to sell their products are going to have to let crops rot in the fields or euthanize livestock because they can’t sell them and can’t afford to keep them, according to USA Features News.
“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,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted Monday.
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
He included in his tweet a radio interview he did in which he detailed what he believes is coming.
“You have people running the government that have no clue about how the economy works and how their food gets to the table,” Massie told radio host Tom Roten.
“The shocking thing is that farmers are watching the value of their hogs and steers, cows, go down. In fact, they’re going to some of the lowest levels ever,” he added.