To add to this, there were issues when meat processing plants were closing down. Meat became difficult to find on store shelves for a while. Technically the meat was all there and could have been sent out to butchers but there was no infrastructure to support it and there weren’t enough people going to local butchers to buy it all. Pigs grew to be too large to be turned into food and ended up being executed and disposed of rather than being used to feed people. The same thing happened to chickens.
Food is a limited resource, but it gets worse. Because food sectors (fast food and grocery among others) drive highly efficient supply chains based on consumer behavioral trends, there is no way to massively adjust the system in the short term without losing efficiency. If fast-food restaurants shut down, the food in their supply chain would spoil in the process of being redirected to grocery store supply chains – at least more spoilage than usual.
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