12 Potential Food Shortages You Need to Know About in Illinois
You've already noticed a price increase when hitting the grocery store. In fact, if you own a chicken that lays eggs you are automatically treated like royalty.
I wish I could say it's hard to picture, but recent world events have opened up my mind to the extent of how bad things can get.
Turns out, the next time you visit your local supermarket, you could find that some of your favorite foods are not on the shelves. Recent reports have shown that the world is facing a potential food shortage crisis. This essay will examine the possible reasons behind the shortages and what foods may be at risk.
Food Shortages: A Growing Concern
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many industries. Not just the restaurant down the road that has to close its door 3 days a week due to staffing issues. It also affected the food industry.
From labor shortages to supply chain disruptions, the pandemic has caused a ripple effect that is now causing concerns about potential food shortages. In addition to the COVID dilemma, some parts of the world are facing severe droughts and other weather-related issues that are affecting crop yields.
What Can We Do?
While we can't control the weather or global supply chains, there are some steps we can take to mitigate the risk of food shortages. First, we can try to eat more plant-based meals, which require fewer resources to produce. We can also try to buy local and support small farmers.
I'd also say we can be more mindful of our food waste and try to reduce it as much as possible.
What Foods are at Risk?
While the potential for food shortages is concerning, not all foods are equally at risk. According to a report by the USDA, the following foods are currently facing potential shortages:
Some of the most at-risk foods include staples in your home.