Low-Income Americans Most at Risk as Meat, Egg, and Dairy Prices Soar, The Coming Food Shortage

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What Planet Do These Government Officials Live On, There’s Going to Be Food Shortages, No More Happy Talk From Trump Administration’s Puppeteers, Strengthen you’re (Faith) Get Prepared, It’s Coming. Stevie Ray Hansen…

Food prices across the United States have skyrocketed due to the effects of the CCP virus, as consumer stockpiling, panic buying, and supply chain difficulties have combined to produce the “largest monthly increase since February 1974,” according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Director of Food Policy at the Consumer Federation of America Thomas Gremillion told The Epoch Times that according to recent studies, more Americans than ever before are now forced to rely on food banks to feed their families. “This price rise will particularly affect low-income Americans, who were already struggling to put food on the table,” said Gremillion.

His sentiments were echoed by Nailah John, food safety and nutrition fellow at the National Consumers League. “The most affected are the impoverished and the 22 million unemployed Americans due to COVID-19,” she told The Epoch Times. “In addition, rising food prices make it difficult for households with little or no income to provide for themselves and their families.”

Meat, Fish, Eggs Rise Most

According to figures from the BLS, the food index increased by 1.5 percent in April, which followed a 0.3 percent rise in March. However, the grocery-based ‘food at home’ index increased by a substantial 2.6 percent, with each of the six major supermarket groups recording increases of at least 1.5 percent for April.

The price increases were not uniform, however, with massive increases for specific foodstuffs.

According to the BLS, “The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs increased the most, rising 4.3 percent as the index for eggs increased 16.1 percent. The index for cereals and bakery products rose 2.9 percent in April, its largest monthly increase ever.”

Indexes for both dairy products and fruit and vegetables also increased by a considerable 1.5 percent.

The price index for nonalcoholic beverages increased by 2.9 percent for April—which the BLS confirmed was its fourth consecutive increase. Prices for “food away from home” increased by a more modest 0.1 percent, which followed an increase of 0.2 percent in March.

Food Prices Could Remain Unstable

John said food prices are likely to increase further. “This trend of increase in prices will continue due to the many new and rapidly changing factors during COVID-19, which can influence meat, poultry, eggs, dairy prices over the rest of the year,” she said.

“There is a greater demand for these products in grocery stores with many limiting the amount to two for each customer.” The worst of the increases may be over, however. “According to the USDA, there is an expected increase of between 0.5 to 1.5 percent for the rest of the year,” John said.

Gremillion said food price stability going forward will depend on a number of factors. The most important of these, he told The Epoch Times, is “whether large food processors can adapt their facilities and personnel practices to protect their workers from infection, which has led to the closure of plants across the country over the past two months.”

Gremillion also said food companies have to be more flexible in adjusting their operations away from restaurants and foodservice operators and to redirect more food to grocery stores.

Gremillion said that exports have also impacted food prices in the United States, as some foreign customers have placed additional orders during the CCP virus crisis.

“As meat and poultry processing capacity has declined, exports of these products to China and other countries has soared. That has led at least one large processor to pledge to sell more of its product to domestic buyers.”

Reasons Behind Food Price Surge

Both John and Gremillion believe that while the CCP virus crisis has brought hardship to America’s most vulnerable consumers, and especially low-income groups, it may have inadvertently exposed unanticipated consumption behaviors and weaknesses in our food provision systems that can now be remedied.

“Panic buying and stockpiling resulted in price gouging,” said John, “which impacted consumers and also limited supply in grocery stores, which [in turn] resulted in prices going up.” She also referenced meat and poultry plant closures as a factor in current price increases.

“Unfortunately,” said Gremillion, “this crisis has exposed some critical weaknesses in the food system. Meat and poultry processing, in particular, is far too concentrated.” He espoused the value of a resilient food-provision system in the United States, and said the path to this goal “should begin with rigorous anti-trust enforcement.”

CPI Falls Overall as Food Rises

Overall, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for urban consumers fell by 0.8 percent in April—” the largest monthly decline since December 2008,” according to the BLS, a phenomenon closely linked to energy, transport, and retail restrictions in April.

“A 20.6 percent decline in the gasoline index was the largest contributor to the monthly decrease in the seasonally adjusted all items index, but the indexes for apparel, motor vehicle insurance, airline fares, and lodging away from home all fell sharply as well,” according to the statement from the BLS.

“The energy index declined mostly due to the decrease in the gasoline index, though some energy component indexes rose.

The index for all items less food and energy fell 0.4 percent in April, the largest monthly decline in the history of the series, which dates to 1957. Along with the indexes mentioned above, the indexes for used cars and trucks and recreation also declined. The indexes for rent, owners’ equivalent rent, medical care, and household furnishings and operations all increased in April,” according to the BLS.

The Coming Food Shortage

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue testifies during a House Agriculture Committee hearing in the Longworth House Office Building in Washington on March 4, 2020. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said on Friday that he does not expect any food shortages in the coming months due to COVID-19 outbreaks in meat processing plants.

In an interview Friday on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Perdue said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) tracks meat processing plant openings and capacity, and on that basis, he does not expect shortages. Source: theepochtimes

What Planet Do These Government Officials Live On, There’s Going to Be Food Shortages, No More Happy Talk From Trump Administration’s Puppeteers, Strengthen you’re (Faith) Get Prepared, It’s Coming. Stevie Ray Hansen

Images of empty grocery store shelvesfarmers dumping thousands of gallons of milk, and long lines at food banks have sparked fears this week of mass food shortages in the U.S.— a prospect that experts say is extremely unlikely, though due to the sudden disruption to normal distribution channels, consumers may see temporary, minor shortages of some items as the food system adapts to changes. 

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 13: A grocery store worker restocking the meat section. JOE RAEDLE/GETTY IMAGES

KEY FACTS

The New York Times reported this week that farmers are destroying excess crops as client demand from restaurants, universities and corporations evaporated due to government-mandated shutdowns; since it’s nearly impossible for supply chain producers to reroute their food as this would cost farmers more, the food is going to waste instead of hungry consumers.

Staple foods like rice, grain, and beans that are typically imported to the U.S. are suddenly in short supply or costing consumers more as other countries limit their exports: Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan are restricting grain exports, Cambodia and India are limiting rice exports and Egypt has ceased legume exports for three months, according to Reuters.

With consumers now preparing and eating all of their food at home, demand for grocery store goods has skyrocketed: major grocery chain Kroger said sales grew 30% month-over-month in March.

Food banks, which have seen a sudden 40% increase in demand due to the rising number of employed Americans, typically rely on supermarket donations to feed their communities; because supermarkets are now being emptied by consumers, the food banks are seeing a serious shortage of inventory.

The food supply chain is also vulnerable to the disease itself, not just the shutdown: On Monday, Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork processor, closed its Sioux Falls, South Dakota factory due to a coronavirus outbreak, raising concerns about a shortage of pork and processed meat reaching consumers.

There’s plenty of food in the U.S. with hundreds of millions of pounds of meat in cold storage, the challenge is the lack of processing options (with facilities like Smithfield closing), which could result in less product variety, “We have a lot of pork, we have a lot of chicken, we have a lot of beef in cold storage,” said Steve Meyer, a Kerns and Associates economist to CNN. “We can draw on that should we have some shortages.”

CRITICAL QUOTE

“Consumers like to have a lot of different choices, and the reality is in the short term, we just don’t have the labor to make that happen,” Rabobank meat industry analyst Christine McCracken told New York Times.

KEY BACKGROUND

The food retail system is a $1.46 trillion industry in the United States with American grocery stores bringing in $650 billion a year. Stores typically stock 40,000 to 50,000 items per location, up from about 7,000 in the 1990s. While there may be a lack of options for all the reasons mentioned above, shoppers today will likely walk away from grocery stores with everything they need—except, maybe, toilet paper.  Source: forbes

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The accumulating death toll from Covid-19 can be seen minute-by-minute on cable news channels. But there’s another death toll few seem to care much about: the number of poverty-related deaths being set in motion by deliberately plunging millions of Americans into poverty and despair.

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Among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also. Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 

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2 Timothy 3:1-4:5

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My job is protecting children. It has taken me from big cities to rural outposts, from ghettos to penthouses, and from courtrooms, into demonic battlefields. But whatever the venue, the truth remains constant: Some humans intentionally hurt children. They commit unspeakable acts—for their pleasure, their profit, or both. StevieRay Hansen, CEO The 127 Faith Foundation

My job is protecting children. It has taken me from big cities to rural outposts, from ghettos to penthouses, and from courtrooms, into demonic battlefields. But whatever the venue, the truth remains constant: Some humans intentionally hurt children. They commit unspeakable acts—for their pleasure, their profit, or both. StevieRay Hansen, CEO The 127 Faith Foundation

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