GOP Rep Massie Warns U.S. May Be 'Weeks Away' From Food ShortagesChris Menahan
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America could face food shortages despite farmers having plenty of supplies because multiple huge food processing facilities have been shutdown due to the coronavirus and regulations prevent smaller players from stepping in to fill the gaps.
From The Gateway Pundit, "GOP Rep. Massie Warns US is 'Weeks Away, Not Months,' From Food Shortages":
Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie is warning that the United States could be just weeks away from major food shortages due to the coronavirus shutdown.Massie urged congress to pass his PRIME Act to allow smaller meat producers to pack and sell their own meat subject to local, rather than federal regulations:
As Massie noted, video was shared last week showing Wisconsin dairy farmers being forced to dump thousands of gallons of milk (while being reimbursed by the Dairy Farmers of America) because of collapsing milk prices:
Besides regulations, a big issue is that suppliers are extremely hesitant to expand production because they know as soon as the panic buying subsides they're likely to be stuck with a glut of product and few buyers.
The New York Times reported Monday that though the US has plenty of food there could be shortages of pork and other products due to struggling supply chains.
Smithfield president and CEO Kenneth Sullivan said in a statement on Sunday that the closure of their South Dakota pork processing facility and other major plants "is pushing our country perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply."
"It is impossible to keep our grocery stores stocked if our plants are not running," Sullivan said. "These facility closures will also have severe, perhaps disastrous, repercussions for many in the supply chain, first and foremost our nation's livestock farmers. ... We have a stark choice as a nation: we are either going to produce food or not, even in the face of COVID-19."
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