According to a Zerohedge piece on April 23, 2020, pork shortages could be a reality in the United States thanks to the economic disruption the Wuhan virus has caused.
In recent weeks, six major US meatpacking plants have closed operations because of the Wuhan virus outbreak. In other words, as Zerohedge notes, “15% of America’s hog-slaughtering capacity has been shifted offline.”
In addition, there is a risk that beef and poultry capacity could drop in the upcoming weeks according to a Bloomberg report.
Because of the Wuhan virus-induced closures, farmers have not been able to access meatpacking facilities and slaughterhouses. This has resulted in herd overcapacity and opens up the potential for mass euthanization of hogs.
Dennis Smith, a senior account executive at Archer Financial Services, believes that “meat shortages” will take place “two weeks from now in the retail outlets.” In essence, during the first week of May various pork products could potentially be no longer on the shelves.
Zerohedge noted the following:
Cold storage facilities only have a few weeks to cushion supply disruption of the latest plant closures. Bob Brown, an independent market consultant in Oklahoma, said cold storage supplies have a little more than a week’s worth of production – and wouldn’t be sufficient in satisfying demand.
In a previous piece, Zerohedge highlighted how Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef, and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, published a statement that revealed news of its major pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa ceasing operations indefinitely because of the Wuhan virus. Similarly, Hormel’s Rochelle Foods recently closed its plant. Virus outbreaks have also compelled JBS SA in Minnesota and Colorado and Smithfield Foods Inc. in South Dakota to close facilities.
On the other hand, a number of meatpacking plants have re-opened.
“It means the loss of a vital market outlet for farmers and further contributes to the disruption of the nation’s pork supply,” Steve Stouffer, head of Tyson Fresh Meats, declared.
If more plants continue closing, supply chains will get rocked and cause “weird dislocations for prices — finished products are surging, while farmers are getting paid much less for animals,” Bloomberg highlighted.
Food shortages could become a reality in America, which is often a harbinger for social unrest.
U.S. policymakers will need to craft policies to re-open their economies lest they want social upheavals to become the norm throughout 2020.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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