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Upcoming food shortages?

Wanted to get thoughts and insight on the likelihood of food shortages as a result of this massive “third wave” of COVID-19 in the United States – I mean above and beyond panic buying but impacts to food manufacturing plants and transportation.  It seemed like earlier this year food shortages (empty grocery store shelves) were mostly the result of panic buying, however the meat industry was hit hard by the virus which resulted in decreased manufacturing output and plants being shut down for periods of time.  I am very concerned what this country wide surge in COVID-19 cases will do to the food industry as a whole (plants closing down due to a large number of infected employees on a wide-spread scale, etc).  

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      My guess is that there could be ongoing and worsening food supply shortages. I live in a rural area in the upper Midwest, with a large town about 45 minutes away. I have made a point to support a local farmers’ cooperative by buying a CSA (community-supported agriculture) share. I’ve seen the freezer where meat is available for sale at my pick-up location.

      I’ve established a friendly connection with a different local farm selling meat. In both cases, I paid more money for food than by going to a “big box” store with a grocery department, but it’s an investment in knowing my neighbors in hopes they will sell to me if supplies get tight down the road.

      Speaking of food . . . I learned something about food for wild birds yesterday. A local shop said they’re having a hard time getting suet for birds, as well as a hard time getting the metal “shepherd’s crook” style poles for hanging bird feeders. They have been in business over 40 years, and this is the first time they’ve had supply chain issues.

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        That’s a really great idea to build those relationships.  I also live in a rural area (northern New England) and I hadn’t thought to do that – thank you for sharing I will look in to options up here for that.  

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      As a new prepper COVID-19 really opened my eyes as to how fragile our supply chain is and just how quickly and easily things could truly fall apart.