Photo credit, Ricardo Rey, published in The Economist, "The Coming Food Catastrophe"
In The Economist, the "Coming Food Catastrope" is brought to the forefront as an emerging health crisis for the world. Though the article launches by blaming Putin, there are many factors that threaten our food security both nationally and globally.
In America there have been several situations that will effect our supply chain. In a country our size, some of these happen naturally each year, yet as seen below, a disturbing increase has occurred.
1 ➖4/30/21 Monmouth Smithfield Foods pork processing plant
2 ➖7/25/21 Memphis Kellogg plant
3 ➖8/13/21 JBS beef plant
4 ➖8/24/21 Patak Meat Company
5 ➖7/30/21 Tyson River Valley ingredient plant
6 ➖10/21/21 Darigold plant
7 ➖11/15/21 Garrard County food plant
8➖11/29/21 Maid-Rite Steak Company
9➖12/13/21 San Antonio food processing, West side Foods
10➖1/7/22 Hamilton Mountain poultry processing
11➖1/13/22 Cargill-Nutrene feed mill. Lacombe, La
12➖1/31/22 Winston-Salem fertilizer plant
13➖2/3/22 Wisconsin River Meats
14➖2/3/22 Percy dairy farm
15➖2/5/22 Wisconsin River Meats processing facility destroyed by fire in Mauston, Wisconsin.
16➖2/15/22 Bonanza Meat Company goes up in flames in El Paso, Texas
17➖2/15/22 Shearer's Foods Food processing plant explodes in Hermiston, Oregon.
18➖2/16/22 Indiana Louis-Dreyfus soy processing plant
19➖2/18/22 Bess View Farms
20➖2/19/22 Lincoln premiere poultry
21➖2/22/22 Shearer's Foods potato chip plant
22➖2/22/22 Fire destroys Deli Star Meat Plant in Fayetteville, Illinois.
23➖2/28/22 nutrient AG Solutions fertilizer facility burns
24➖2/28/22 Shadow Brook Farm & Dutch girl Creamery burns
25➖3/4/22 294,800 chickens destroyed at farm in Stoddard, Missouri
26➖3/4/22 644,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
27➖3/8/22 243,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in New Castle, Delaware
28➖3/10/22 663,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
29➖3/10/22 915,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Taylor, Iowa
30➖3/14/22 Wayne Hoover dairy farm, barn full of vows burns
31➖3/14/22 2,750,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin
32➖3/16/22 Walmart Distribution Center burns for 76 hours in Plainfield Ind.
33➖3/16/22 Nestle Food Plant extensively damaged in fire and new production destroyed Jonesboro, Arkansas
34➖3/17/22 5,347,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Buena Vista, Iowa
35➖3/17/22 147,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Kent, Delaware
36➖3/18/22 315,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland
37➖3/19/22 Walmart Food Distribution center catches fire in Plainfield, Indiana
38➖3/22/22 172,000 Turkeys destroyed on farms in South Dakota
39➖3/22/22 570,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
40➖3/24/22 Major Fire at McCrum Potato Plant in Belfast, Maine.
41➖3/24/22 418,500 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska
42➖3/25/22 250,300 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Franklin, Iowa
43➖3/26/22 311,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
44➖3/27/22 126,300 Turkeys destroyed in South Dakota
45➖3/28/22 1,460,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Guthrie, Iowa
46➖3/29/22 Maricopa, Az. Food Pantry burns down 50,000 pounds of Food destroyed in Maricopa, Arizona.
47➖3/31/22 Rio Fresh Onion factory damaged by fire in San Juan, Texas.
48➖3/31/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Osceola, Iowa
49➖3/31/22 5,011,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Osceola, Iowa
50➖4/6/22 281,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
51➖4/9/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
52➖4/9/22 208,900 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
53➖4/12/22 89,700 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina
54➖4/12/22 1,746,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Dixon, Nebraska
55➖4/12/22 259,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Minnesota
56➖4/13/22 Fire destroys East Conway Beef & Pork Meat Market in Conway, New Hampshire.
57➖4/13/22 Plane crashes into Gem State Processing, Idaho potato and food processing plant
58➖4/13/22 77,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
59➖4/14/22 Taylor Farms Food Processing plant burns down Salinas, California.
60➖4/14/22 Salinas food processing plant
61➖4/14/22 99,600 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
62➖4/15/22 1,380,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Lancaster, Minnesota
63➖4/19/22 Azure Standard nation’s premier independent distributor of organic and healthy food, was destroyed by fire in Dufur, Oregon
64➖4/19/22 339,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
65➖4/19/22 58,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Montrose, Colorado
66➖4/20/22 2,000,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Minnesota
67➖4/21/22 Plane crashes into and destroys General Mills
68➖4/22/22 197,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
69➖4/23/22 200,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota
70➖4/25/22 1,501,200 chickens destroyed at egg farm Cache, Utah
71➖4/26/22 307,400 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
72➖4/27/22 2,118,000 chickens destroyed at farm Knox, Nebraska
73➖4/28/22 Egg-laying facility in Iowa kills 5.3 million chickens, fires 200-plus workers
74➖4/28/22 Allen Harim Foods a chicken processing company based in Delaware killed nearly 2 million chickens
75➖4/2822 110,700 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
76➖4/29/22 1,366,200 chickens destroyed at farm Weld Colorado
77➖4/30/22 13,800 chickens destroyed at farm Sequoia Oklahoma
78➖5/3/22 58,000 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
79➖5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Beadle S Dakota
80➖5/3/22 114,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
81➖5/3/22 118,900 Turkeys destroyed Lyon Minnesota
82➖5/7/22 20,100 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
83➖5/10/22 72,300 chickens destroyed at farm Lancaster Pennsylvania
84➖5/10/22 61,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
85➖5/10/22 35,100 Turkeys destroyed Muskegon, Michigan
86➖5/13/22 10,500 Turkeys destroyed Barron Wisconsin
87➖5/14/22 83,400 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
88➖5/17/22 79,00 chickens destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
89➖5/18/22 7,200 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
90➖5/19/22 Freight train derailment Jensen Beach FL
91➖5/21/22 57,000 Turkeys destroyed on farm in Dakota Minnesota
92➖5/23/22 4,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania
93➖5/29/22 200,000 Chickens killed in fire in Minnesota
94➖5/31/22 3,000,000 chickens chickens destroyed at Forsman egg farm facility in Stockholm Township, Minnesota
95➖6/2/22 30,000 ducks destroyed at Duck farm Berks Pennsylvania