Advisory: Be careful of what you read on social media. The algorithms used by these platforms have no regard for Biblical truth. They target your emotions to keep you engaged on their site so their advertisers can drop more ads. These platforms exist to enrich their stockholders. Consider God’s promise to Believers in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
High grocery demand, along with rising freight prices and Omicron-related labor shortages, is causing a new wave of backlogs in processed food and fresh produce industries, resulting in empty supermarket shelves at major stores across the country.
Perishable produce growers all throughout the West Coast are paying nearly quadruple pre-pandemic trucking costs to get lettuce and berries to market before they spoil. Shay Myers, CEO of Owyhee Produce, which grows onions, watermelons, and asparagus near the Idaho-Oregon border, said he has been deferring shipping onions to retail wholesalers until freight rates fall.
In the last three weeks, Myers said, transportation problems caused by a shortage of truck drivers and recent highway-blocking storms had resulted in a doubling of freight expenses for fruit and vegetable producers, on top of already-high pandemic prices. “We typically will ship, East Coast to West Coast—we used to do it for about $7,000,” he said. “Today it’s somewhere between $18,000 and $22,000. “
Conagra Brands CEO Sean Connolly told investors last week that thanks to Omicron-related absences, supplies from the company’s U.S. operations could be limited for at least the next month.
Albertsons CEO Vivek Sankaran warned earlier last week that he expects the grocery chain to face more supply chain issues in the next four to six weeks, as Omicron has hampered its efforts to close supply chain gaps.
Customers on social media complained about empty pasta and meat aisles at some Walmart stores; a Meijer store in Indianapolis was devoid of chicken; a Publix in Palm Beach, Florida, was out of bath tissue and home hygiene products; and Costco stores in Washington state reinstated toilet paper purchase limits.
According to Katie Denis, vice president of communications and research at the Consumer Brands Association, the shortages are projected to last at least a few more weeks, due to labor shortages.
She claims that the consumer packaged goods industry is short 120,000 people, with only 1,500 new employment gained in the last month, while the National Grocers Association claims that many of its grocery store members are operating at less than half their capacity.
Food, beverages, household cleaning, and personal hygiene products are presently out of stock at about 12% of U.S. shops, compared to 7–10% during normal periods.
According to the Consumer Brands Association, the situation is particularly extreme with food products, where out-of-stock levels are at 15%.
SpartanNash, a supermarket distributor in the United States, warned this week that getting supplies from food manufacturers has grown more difficult, particularly for processed foods like cereal and soup.
Consumers have continued to stock up on groceries as they seek refuge at home from the Omicron variant’s spread. Denis claims that demand has been as high as or higher in the last five months than it was at the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Other places of the world are experiencing similar problems.
Woolworths Group, an Australian supermarket retailer, announced last week that COVID-19 had forced more than 20% of its distribution center employees to take time off. The virus has rendered at least 10% of retail employees unable to work.
To deal with the personnel deficit, the corporation restored a two-pack per customer limit for toilet paper and painkillers countrywide, both in-store and online, on Thursday.
Food delivery to grocery shops and distribution hubs in the United States were affected by recent snow and ice storms that clogged travel for hours throughout the East Coast. These delays spread across the country, delaying the transportation of perishable fruits and vegetables.
While perishable food growers are forced to pay exorbitant shipping costs in order to attract limited trucking supplies, producers like Myers are opting to wait for backlogs to clear.
Perhaps if we could react like intelligent beings to the less virulent, yet more transmissible variant of the CCP bioweapon that is COVID-19; we wouldn’t have such an exhaustive list of problems concerning our supply chain. It’s a flu now. The CDC said themselves, Omicron makes for about 95% of COVID cases in the U.S. With that being said, why is society subjecting themselves to numerous boosters? There’s a difference between following the science, and following the narrative. Herd immunity is achievable in light of a variant such as this one, but as the narrative crumbles, they’ll take as many sheep as they can with them. Luke 12:3 says: “Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.”
The internet has proved to be a place in which you can tune into various frequencies in search of a perspective that best fits your narrative. I could make up an argument on the fly and back it up with facts pertaining to my argument. With that being said, the news about COVID-19 is terrifyingly polarizing. There is a spectrum, by which all narratives of the COVID-19 agenda are carefully presented to anyone conducting research. The opposing sides of the spectrum are those who are sold on the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who aren’t sold at all.
But it becomes extremely important that we listen to our gut, when we notice that someone is eyeballing something that rightfully belongs to you. Our civil liberties are merely gods gift to man interpreted by men of power. No man, woman, government, organization, forum, or anything will prosper as a weapon against God. With that being said, when our God given rights are at stake, it is probably best to question the integrity of those who propose the removal of such rights. In summary, if you’re not a “conspiracy theorist” you probably aren’t asking very many questions about the world around you.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.Hosea 4:6
A coronavirus outbreak in Tianjin, Beijing’s adjacent city, has occurred just four weeks before the start of the Chinese capital’s Winter Olympics.
This means that all 15 million citizens of Tianjin are unable to travel to Beijing, which is only 100 kilometers distant. Meanwhile, Beijing’s “Closed Loop” or “Bubble” precautions for the Winter Olympics are fully operational. The Olympics will begin on February 4th.
Twenty more patients tested positive for COVID-19 PCR testing on Jan. 9, according to the Jinnan District Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Tianjin, a day after 20 others were discovered to have the virus. The infection has reached to at least three schools.
In two of the instances, the Tianjin Center for Disease Control and Prevention used genetic sequencing to identify the virus as the novel Omicron variant.
The Tianjin municipal government agreed on Jan. 9 to conduct nucleic acid testing on all of its employees. Other public testing techniques are also being carried out.
Mr. Zhang of Tianjin’s Nankai District informed The Epoch Times on Jan. 9 that “people in four districts, Jinan, Dongli, Xiqing, and Nankai, are taking nucleic acid testing today.”
“The rest will take them tomorrow. Nankai District has notified the closure of the district. People in Jinan District have basically all done nucleic acid yesterday,” he added.
“People were still lining up at 3:00 am. At four o’clock in the morning, the inspectors started going door to door to administer nucleic acid [testing] to elderly people who had not taken it.”
Meanwhile, the Tianjin Municipal Examination Institute confirmed that all teacher certification examination interviews scheduled for January 9 had been canceled.
“There is a teacher qualification exam these two days,” Zhang explained. “I learned online that those who finished the exam on the 8th were required to quarantine, but it was announced at 11.30 p.m. yesterday that the test on the 9th was canceled,” he stated.
“A lot of people came to Tianjin for the exam and live in a hotel. Now they just can’t go back. They may need to quarantine at their own expense. I saw someone saying online that he had no money, no food, and couldn’t go out. “
The Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention published a statement on Jan. 9 asking “Beijing residents not to go to Tianjin unless it is necessary, and Tianjin residents do not come to Beijing unless it is necessary.”
The state-run Beijing News said that officials at the Yingsi checkpoint on the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway had turned back many people and vehicles entering Beijing over the past two days.
It is believed that the official request is an executive order rather than a “travel advisory.”
Beijing issued an explicit order in October 2021 prohibiting the so-called “four kinds of people” from entering the city, including “people in the county with one or more local COVID infections and those with travel history in that county within 14 days.” To put it another way, if a county has a verified positive case of COVID-19, no one from that county, including Beijing citizens, is allowed to enter Beijing.
The authorities, according to Zhang, seem unconcerned about the treatment of persons infected with the virus. “The media and the government have always focused on how many people have been tested positive,” he said. “But how many have been infected, and how many have been isolated, but how are these patients doing? How long does it take to recover? How effective is the treatment? Almost nothing is seen. Why is there no follow-up on concerns about lasting adverse effects from vaccines?”
Apart from being concerned about the Tianjin outbreak, Chinese Communist Party CCP officials are also concerned that the virus could move from Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, through Shanxi Province, as well as Henan and Hebei provinces, to Beijing.
The virus has struck the cities of Zhengzhou and Xuchang in Henan Province, south of Beijing. Henan is a vital transportation corridor into Beijing, and any passengers traveling by train through the province will currently be denied entry.
Shanxi is a province that joins Shaanxi and Hebei provinces. The Shanxi Provincial Office of Epidemic Prevention and Control issued a notification on Jan. 6 advising residents not to leave the region unless absolutely essential. People entering or returning to Shanxi are also required to report to their businesses, towns, or hotels promptly and submit to nucleic acid tests.
The Epidemic Prevention and Control Office in Jincheng City, Shanxi Province, announced on Jan. 9 that it will be “strictly” tightening controls since “the epidemic situation around our city is becoming increasingly severe.” Access to county and village roads in Henan Province is prohibited, as is the return of foreign vehicles and individuals who have traveled to Henan Province via high-speed, national, and provincial roads and high-speed railways in the past.
With the 2022 Winter Olympics slated to begin on February 4 in Beijing, the CCP intends to show the world its “institutional confidence” through anti-epidemic efforts.
In the run-up to the Games, Beijing has used “bubble management” to guarantee that those linked with the Games, such as members of foreign sports teams and Chinese athletes, do not come into contact with “ordinary Chinese.”
The international world does not recognize pandemic statistics published by the CCP since it is widely considered as irrational. The world community finds it unfathomable that the city of Xi’an, which has a population of 12 million people, has been walled off after less than 100 officially positive illnesses have been discovered.
If it’s not obvious that they’re keeping people out of the winter olympics who may just show up to plead for help from foreigners, I don’t know what to tell you. It should come as no surprise to anyone who pays attention to global politics that this is happening. However, one could speculate and say that tensions across the board are running higher than ever for the Chinese Communist Party. Something has got to give, America is no longer able to turn a blind eye from persecution due to the rapid spread of information in this digital age. The question remains, who will stop the CCP from committing further violations against human rights, and how much longer until that takes place? The people could surely rise up and put a stop to it, but i guess we’ll have to see if the CCP will be able to survive the tumble it’s currently Taking. Stay inquisitive in the word of God, and the world around you.
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