U.S. Could Be Weeks From Meat Shortages With Shutdowns Spreading | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

U.S. Could Be Weeks From Meat Shortages With Shutdowns Spreading

Plant shutdowns are leaving the U.S. dangerously close to meat shortages as coronavirus outbreaks spread to suppliers across the nation and the Americas.

Almost a third of U.S. pork capacity is down, the first big poultry plants closed on Friday and experts are warning that domestic shortages are just weeks away. Brazil, the world’s No. 1 shipper of chicken and beef, saw its first major closure with the halt of a poultry plant owned by JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat company. Key operations are also down in Canada, the latest being a British Columbia poultry plant.

While hundreds of plants in the Americas are still running, the staggering acceleration of supply disruptions is now raising questions over global shortfalls. Taken together, the U.S., Brazil and Canada account for about 65% of world meat trade.

“It’s absolutely unprecedented,” said Brett Stuart, president of Denver-based consulting firm Global AgriTrends. “It’s a lose-lose situation where we have producers at the risk of losing everything and consumers at the risk of paying higher prices. Restaurants in a week could be out of fresh ground beef.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As both Mike and I have said innumerable times before, please don't panic; plan.

Now might not be a bad time to go in with a friend or family member, to explore getting a freezer, even a small one; with farmers ploughing under fresh produce, because there was no way to get it to market, and no buyers for it, coupled with this potential meat shortage, food prices are apt to give people "sticker shock" as we head into the summer.

Please remember; cook; freeze; dehydrate, or eat immediately. Cutting down on food waste, by doing intelligent planning, will save you both angst, and money, at the end of the day.

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