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As the coronavirus continues to disrupt supply chains and forces workers to stay home we’re just now coming to realize what this means for our economy and how it might disrupt our daily lives. One of those supply chains will be the food and produce on the shelves at our grocery stores.
As TIME reported, American produce growers preparing to harvest crops are warning of a devastating impact on fruit and vegetables after the U.S. Embassy in Mexico announced a halt to visa interviews for seasonal farmworkers. Slaughterhouses also may face labor shortages. And even if these visa restrictions weren’t in place, there are certainly human health and safety concerns to consider to keep farmworkers from contracting and spreading the coronavirus.
We’re also seeing the demand-side effects for small local farmers who supply restaurants in major cities.
But large grocery chains say they aren’t worried and as Kroger CEO Rodney McMullen said, “And as long as customers just buy what they need and don’t hoard, there will be no problems at all – there’s plenty of food in the supply chain.”
Why This Matters: The threat of food shortages and empty shelves in the supermarkets are a reminder that we should only buy what we need. There’s no need to hoard and in fact, this can lead to food waste–all at a time when many are facing increased food insecurity.
Today, President Trump is expected to meet with oil and gas industry executives from Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum and Continental Resources to discuss the outlook for the industry in the wake of an oil price collapse. Trump sees himself as a moderator in the world oil talks between Russia and Saudi Arabia as well […]
We wrote 3 weeks ago that the COVID-19 outbreak could prove to be a serious impediment to global efforts to curb climate change and promote conservation, and this concern has been realized as yesterday the 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, has been rescheduled for 2021. Why This Matters: COP26 was […]
Yesterday, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Vice Chair Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) sent a letter to Interior Secretary David Bernhardt urging him to close Grand Canyon National Park and other national parks and public lands at risk of spreading coronavirus due to continued crowding and high visitation levels. In the midst […]