April 30, 2020 | Karen Hardin
Reports are flooding in that America’s food supply chain is beginning to break down due to the continued forced coronavirus shutdown. As meat processing plants and retailers remain closed further up the chain, farmers and ranchers have nowhere to take their market ready product. Pig and poultry farmers, along with cattle ranchers, across the nation have been faced with the heart-wrenching decision of what to do with the additional animals coming into the system with nowhere to put them.
One pig farmer in Nebraska said they are actually euthanizing 500 to 600 heads of pig a week. Poultry farmers and cattle ranchers are facing a similar dilemma. The end result of this breakdown, due to the mandated quarantine, could be meat shortages in our grocery stores.
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But it doesn’t stop there. Vegetable farmers and dairy farmers are facing a similar predicament. Crops ripen for harvest and filled milk containers sit while farmers have nowhere to take their product. That which would have gone to feed families and be shipped to schools, restaurants, hotels, etc. has all come to a grinding halt.
Billions of dollars of food is going to waste as the distribution line for growers and producers and their ability to sell to retail outlets has been broken. Food producers have now been left with a massive surplus of highly perishable items. Farmers have been forced to plow under harvest-ready crops, pour out tens of thousands of gallons of fresh milk, and destroy growing supplies of eggs. Food which is desperately needed is now being wasted.
With increasing unemployment, the needs at food banks across the nation are increasing. Many food banks are reporting double the number of families coming for food compared to last year. At the same time, grocery stores have been unable to keep their shelves stocked during the crisis for lack of supplies. The demand is there and the food is there, but the connection from farm to retail has been interrupted as the debate about reopening continues in each state.
The USDA has offered a “solution” to step in as an intermediary to purchase surplus food from farmers to send to food banks to feed families in need. This is a great start, but the suggested $300 million per month falls far short of the projected $1 billion in lost revenue and product for the farmers and ranchers.
But there is a bigger question we should be asking regarding the USDA solution. If it is safe for them to distribute food and reconnect the food chain in a small way, why can’t the actual food chain, which was working well, be reconnected so that growers and producers can begin to move their mounting food supplies again? It simply doesn’t add up. As President Trump warned, the cure has become worse than the problem.
The fact is, America MUST reopen or face an even greater crisis than the coronavirus with devastating food shortages in the coming months. And this isn’t affecting America only. David Beasely, Executive Director of the World Food Program addressed the U.N. recently stating, that “we could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions within a few short months.”
The bottom line is that the food chain must be restored. We do not want the government stepping in to control the distribution of food.
Here are some important areas of intercession:
- Pray for our farmers and ranchers who are working hard to feed America. They are taking huge losses rather than receiving the profit for their hard work. Lord, restore their finances and their hope.
- Pray that predicted food shortages would be circumvented and the food chain restored.
- Pray that leaders have wisdom on how to reopen processing plants and retail establishments that order food products so that growers and producers have somewhere to take their market-ready product once again.
- Pray that the coronavirus would be halted! Pray that there would not be a resurgence and the underlying hidden agenda behind this pandemic would be revealed and dismantled.
Should evil come upon us, the sword, or judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we will stand before this house and before You (for Your name is in this house) and cry to You in our distress, and You will hear and deliver us. (2 Chr 20:9)
Lord, we come to You and ask for divine intervention in this time of desperate need. Lord, we cry out to you for help to do what we cannot and we humble ourselves before You. Lord, we ask that this virus would come to a halt. We declare your Word of healing to those infected ;raise them up off their sick bed and restore them to health (Ps 41:3). We declare that this affliction will not arise a second time (Na 1:9). We ask that you would restore that which has broken down. We pray for the growers and food producers in America and around the world; Lord, encourage their hearts today. We ask not only for provision and restoration of that which has been lost, but we ask that you would provide creative ideas on how to restore and reconnect to an even greater degree than what they had before. We declare a restoration of the food chain, jobs, and of our economy. We pray for wisdom over the President, governors, and mayors that they will make decisions that are in the best interests of our nation and its citizens and that any ungodly agenda present would be revealed and stopped in its tracks. In Jesus’ mighty name. Amen!
Karen Hardin is an intercessor, author, minister and literary agent. Her work has appeared on USA Today, World Net Daily, Intercessors For America, Charisma, CBN.com, The Elijah List, etc. For additional information you can contact her at www.prioritypr.org or www.karenhardin.com