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Food Security - Carnovirus Concerns

How secure is your food supply?


The 21st Century has brought about many innovations in the transportation and technology of global food supply chains. Modern freezing and refrigeration methods make sourcing food from anywhere around the world a reality. Relying solely on these supply chains for your food may not be the optimal choice for your food security. Are you stockpiled to go months or even years without relying on the global food ecosystem?    


For instance, the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently hindering the business operations of many global organizations. Many companies around the world have cancelled conferences and events due to the virus. While the virus mortality rate is low, precautions and warnings are being made on a state by state basis.  The pandemic has caused states such as New York to declare a state of emergency. As of Friday, March 6th, 4000 people in the state have been instructed to self-quarantine. This has ripple effects on the food ecosystem, which can lead to panic buying. Worldwide food transportation networks could become delayed or even halted if workers become afraid to work. The “stay-at-home economy” has boomed in recent weeks, due to employers recommending remote work in some large cities. For example, in Seattle, people have reported over 24 hour wait times for Amazon Prime Now, a food delivery service. Instacart, another food delivery company, has launched a new feature on Thursday, March 5th, called, “Leave at My Door Delivery.” This gives customers another barrier/safeguard from potentially contacting the virus. Kroger has limited the number of “sanitization, cold and flu related products” to five each per order. The coronavirus is creating a strain on world-wide supply across the food, medical, and consumer staples industries, putting pressure on millions of livelihoods around the world. Are you prepared for the current economic disruption?                        


As a precaution for the coronavirus and other possible disruptors to food ecosystems in the future, such as war and natural disasters, one must have an action plan for survival. Having several months or even years worth of non-perishable food is a safe bet. “Doomsday preppers” are known to store large amounts of food and supplies to “protect and prep” themselves for the future. Having a chest freezer full of meat, while running it on a backup generator can ensure optimal nutrition during a time of societal and economic disruption. Relying solely on canned food isn’t ideal and can make for a loss of energy and awareness during the situation at hand. Chest freezers that can store hundreds of pounds of meat are a relatively inexpensive solution for potential food insecurity. At Green Owl, we source all of our high-quality meats within Pennsylvania. We are more resistant to macro-economic, world-wide, food- ecosystem disruption. One of our beef farmers is virtually in our backyard, in the Back Mountain Region. This creates a layer of insulation to the global food system. As cases of the coronavirus appear to be leveling off in China, an eventual leveling off of cases in the U.S. seems likely in the coming weeks. This may prove to be a learning lesson for some people to protect against a possible future doomsday scenario. Prepping with shelter, food, and supplies, while creating an action plan is a safe bet, as you are ensuring your survival. Food, which is first and foremost, needs to be taken very seriously. At Green Owl, we offer quarter and half-cow purchasing options for customers to stock up while saving money. Stop in today to discuss how we can help you secure your best possible future.      



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