America is on the cusp of a meat shortage. Plants are being shutdown due to COVID-19, causing many grocery stores to see empty shelves and increased meat prices. As the plants shutter, farmers are now starting to cull their livestock, with one plant having to euthanize 2 million chickens.
This is a serious food waste issue. Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation. Millions of animals – chickens, pigs and cattle – will be depopulated. - said John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods Inc., the biggest U.S. meat company.
Although plants are working hard to improve conditions and prevent the spread of COVID-19, meat shortages will cause substantial hunger around the world. Experts say it could double the number of people facing acute hunger to 265 million by the end of this year.
With capitalism encouraging lean, cut-throat meat markets, disrupting events such as coronavirus can cause hunger and wasting of epic proportions. As millions of people starve and millions of animals die, we have to work towards a better solution.