Here is the situation. Lots of people usually eat lots of meals that come from restaurants, either inside or carry out. That means a lot of our food is distributed through the restaurant food distribution system or supply chain. Now they have practically shutdown that outlet for food. Oh, I know you can still do carry out at a lot of places, but even with that, most people aren't getting out because of the stay at home orders and that means the restaurant food supply chain is down to a trickle.
So why don't we just bring that food into the stores and sell it? Because it would be against the law in most cases. Frozen french fry bags for restaurants aren't labeled for public consumer resale. You know, calories, nutrition, all of that stuff that was popular to put on everything a few years back. Eggs for restaurants often don't even say eggs on the cartons. I have seen five pound containers of sour cream that only said sour cream on them, selling them to you or me would probably be a felony.
So the farmers are having to plow their potatoes back under the ground to get rid of them or even haul them off with dump trucks, because it is time (actually a little late) to plant new crops and old potatoes rotting next to new potatoes growing would attract bugs and disease.
One state alone has planned to kill and destroy 200,000 hogs this week because the processing plants can't process them. Eggs are being dumped in huge numbers, milk is being poured out and in some areas almost half of the population is having to go to food banks to get food.
What do you call that? Ignorance or just plain Evil?
It doesn't matter how many government stimulus checks you get, if there is no food you will go hungry. Farmers are having second thoughts about planting this year and in many cases the government has just shut them down. No workers, no seed and fertilizer, no choice.
Flattening the curve is looking a lot like flattening the businesses and America runs on business, right down to ham and eggs and yes, those french fries you used to take for granted.
Best and be blest,
Scott Hogue CCFC, CCA