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Don’t panic, the stores are not going to run out of food

The experts have spoken

1y ago

It is undeniably scary seeing empty shelves at our grocery stores. It’s easy to panic. But panic buying is exactly what's causing some people to be without food and essentials.

And now we’ve got even more reason not to panic buy: a number of officials and experts have weighed in to reassure us that grocery stores will not run out of food. We repeat: will *not* run out of food.

Experts pretty much agree that the food supply is fine, reports Delish. Laura S. Strange, senior vice president of Communications and External Affairs at the National Grocers Association, told Delish that despite the ‘unprecedented demand’, things are running as they should. She said: "Food supplies are plentiful throughout the supply chain and are being replenished continuously to meet the demand.”

Yes, you might find that some products right now, but stores are working with suppliers and partners throughout the chain to keep shelves stocked.

Miguel Gomez, professor of agriculture economics at Cornell University, told Marketplace.org that if anything, eventually we could see a slowdown in supply of things we import from other countries and we'd have to shift to eating slightly different things than we're used to. “Global supply chains, because they are longer, they are more likely to be disrupted than domestic supply chains,” he said.

This is also expected to be temporary and doesn’t mean that we’re going to run out of food. You can also use meal kits and other delivery services to lessen the demand on your grocery stores.

So the next time you're tempted to hoard, use the empty shelves as a reminder that one person’s hoarding means another family might have to go without food.

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Comments (11)

  • I went tonight. I wanted either frozen potato wedges or straight cut fries. All they had were crinkle cut, tater tots and curly fries...

      1 year ago
  • Maybe the stores are not going to run out of food but it would appear as though the people in various countries are very rapidly running out of common sense! It may interest you to know that where we live in China we have had zero problems with either shortages or panic buying.

      1 year ago
    • that's so interesting Bob -- why do you think there hasn't been any panic buying?

        1 year ago
    • I suppose because people understood social distancing more easily. Nobody is actually quarantined for fourteen days, not unless they are showing symptons. Those places that are on lockdown allow one person from each family to go...

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        1 year ago
  • For two weeks I've been looking for a single pack of 4 chicken breasts and all chicken has been wiped off the shelves, likely because it's the cheapest meat, next to ground beef. But jokes on the hoarders because I got some nice steaks that no one wanted to spend the money on😄

      1 year ago
  • The crude oil price has crashed.

    Transport will now become cheaper, at least for a few months, I would think.

    We recently purchased a giant centre pivot irrigator for our farm, in Australia, which has boosted lucerne production enormously.

    All we need now is some inland highway improvements in Australia, to assist in the transport of food.

    We need road markets so that we can get products to market.

    Existing highways are good in some areas, ( new Toowoomba , Gympie, Parkes, and Warwick bypasses are very good. ) but other areas require improvements.

    I'd like to see multilane dual carriageways , with multiple exits, service roads running off the exit ramps, and McDonalds, car dealerships, and tractor and mining machinery dealerships and depots located just off of these service roads.

    If you build a highway bypass around a small country town, it keeps the heavy vehicles out of town ( truck drivers will then tend to stop for a hot meal and fuel on a highway diner/ petrol station ) .

    If you have multiple exits and a couple of overpasses built that feed traffic from a town bypass , towards the outskirts of a small country town, local small businesses will enjoy an increase in the number of customers, without suffering the problems of traffic congestion.


      1 year ago
  • We will run out of money first.

      1 year ago