Amazon ships food, but the company doesn’t grow it. Netflix has plenty of cooking shows, but the company doesn’t do any cooking. While backyard gardens are quaint, serious food production isn’t something that can be done by people who are sheltering in place. Domestic production is being disrupted:
Across the country, major meat processors are starting to shut down plants as employees are getting infected by coronavirus. Tyson, one of the world’s largest meat processors, suspended operations at its Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork plant this week after more than two dozen workers contracted Covid-19 there.
Tyson said it would divert livestock that was headed to Columbus Junction to other pork plants in the region to minimize the impact on its production.
JBS USA, another major meat processor, has stopped operations at its beef plant in Souderton, Pennsylvania with plans to reopen April 16, after two weeks. The company decided to close the facility after several members of the plant’s management team stopped going to work because they were experiencing flu-like symptoms, a company representative explained, adding that all other JBS USA’s plants are still open. Cargill has also paused operations at its protein plant in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, where 900 people typically work.
Similar production problems are happening in other areas of the world. At the same time, one-quarter of cloistered Americans report eating more since the lock downs began:
Total food prices rose 0.3% in March. That annualizes to about 4%. Take home food prices–food purchased at the supermarket–rose by 0.5%, annualizing to over 6%. This is just the beginning. Does $8 sound crazy for a gallon of milk? It won’t in a year.
If only I could afford a slab of the great terror bird to ease my worried mind–and fill my empty belly!