well, ice age farmer was not a cheerful watch tonight..this is all happening so fast. At least my daughter has asked for help in starting a garden, that is a good thing.
Another new Ice Age Farmer podcast this afternoon.
22:13 minutes. VERY important. Panic buying, more shortages, processing plant closings.
To reply to Mr. Perdue in the article- the nation's food supply would be more sound if the garden centers were allowed to stay open. I have all sorts of bitter theories as to why they are not.More info relative to IAF's podcast:
The nation could begin to see food shortages for some products if the people working on the supply chain lack personal protective equipment, warns an internal Trump administration document obtained by Yahoo News.news.yahoo.com
Coronavirus may cause some food shortages, warns government task force
Alexander Nazaryan and Jana Winter
Yahoo News•April 3, 2020
WASHINGTON — The nation could begin to see food shortages for some products if the people working on the supply chain lack personal protective equipment, warns an internal Trump administration document obtained by Yahoo News.
Empty supermarket shelves have become one of the most jarring images of the coronavirus pandemic, which has sickened 270,000 Americans and killed 7,000. But so far, there have been no food shortages, despite 90 percent of the American population being under state-enforced lockdown orders.
And despite the difficulties people have had in obtaining certain foods, like pasta, grocery stores are generally well stocked. Government officials have argued that any temporary shortages are the result of unprecedented demand, as people have bought more than usual, rather than an actual supply-chain breakdown.
“I want to assure you that our food supply chain is sound,” Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture, said on March 20.
That, however, could change if the people who make, package and deliver food lack personal protective equipment, or PPE, including face masks and gloves, according to the internal document shared with Yahoo News, which provides a daily update on various aspects of the coronavirus response, including details ranging from state-by-state infections to hospital capacity and test sites.
The document, titled “Senior Leadership Brief COVID-19” and dated April 2, 2020, bears the seals of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services. It contains a brief description of findings made by the Food Supply Chain Task Force on the availability of PPE.
Such equipment has been in short supply in hospitals, where doctors and nurses are routinely exposed to high amounts of coronavirus. The food industry also relies on a variety of protective equipment for food safety.
The April 2 briefing warns that the task force had completed an analysis and there could be “commodity impacts if current PPE inventory is exhausted.” There would be shortages of milk within 24 hours and of fresh fruits and vegetables “within several days.” The document estimates that “meat, poultry, seafood, and processed eggs” would become scarce within a period of two to four weeks, while “dry goods and processed foods inventories” — that is, the non-perishables that are pantry staples — could become scarce “as soon as four weeks” after face masks and gloves run out across the food supply chain.
The document is a warning, and is not descriptive of the current situation. There are no signs of a food shortage across the nation. But the coronavirus pandemic is putting strain on every aspect of the food supply chain, from the people who raise and grow what we eat to the people who deliver it to our supermarkets.
Thanks, Martinhouse, I'll check in the morning to see if I can post it. Sounds pretty darn unnerving. I read today that a Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant near Bryan/College Station has several employees that tested positive for the virus. They're sanitizing last I read, but in time I would worry that more cases will crop up and the plant ultimately shut down for a time.I just watched a new podcast on Ice Age Farmer's Twitter page. I suspect he'll be putting it up on You Tube pretty soon so there can be a link. It is titled "Global Food Rationing" and it runs 18:39 minutes.
There's some interesting things in it. Things we all need to know about and be watching for.
I 'think' that podcast is from December that he has up on his twitter feed.TxGal, you're welcome. I hope he gets it posted soon. He just had another one on Twitter from someone else talking about some states banning the sale of garden seeds.
I am okay as far as seed go, but I sure wish I could have gotten those rabbits. But once again I trusted someone else who assured me that there would be some, and now I haven't heard from here in two or three weeks and so it's too late to go to Atwood's and get the Lion's Head rabbits, which would have been better than nothing. I am going to call this woman tomorrow and hope she will answer or call back when she sees who is calling.
As of this afternoon, my county has 11 confirmed cases of CV-19. Not way am I going to go in any store at all from now on.
My eight hens gave me eight eggs again today!!!!! If I don't make time to start scrambling them for the freezer, I'm going to have to just wash them and freeze them shell and all and hope for the best. (I think I'm just kidding there, but not quite sure.)
With all the processing plants closing, I think before long there may not be much meat or dairy items in the stores for a long time.
Wow! Boy, am I thankful I dug into my emergency fund and bought the case of jar lids last month! The Tattler lids do work (and I have hundreds) but they have too many seal failures to suit me, especially in times when food might be scarce.From Ice Age Farmer's twitter feed, if I can get it to post.
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I went to Lehman's website to check out their canning supplies and other things...and oh my gosh, they are out of EVERYTHING I looked at - all canners, all canning supplies, all Berkey water filters, their grain mills, etc. Just wow...
What is your seal ratio on the Tattler lids, TxGal? I haven't bought any as yet, but depending on your reply, I might. Does Tattler make a reusable plastic ring? I have a hard time cleaning the black gunk off the metal rings I use in the canner. I put a little white vinegar in the water to knock back the limestone scale on the jars, but it leaves a black layer on my rings. I have a dedicated set for use in the canner and all the rest are unused and shiny.We have a case of Tattlers we've never used, bought several years ago, just in case. Just like vegetable seeds, I've been buying canning lids pretty much every shopping trip. They've been running low/out since the first of the year here. We do have an early planting season down here, but having them run in short supply is not the norm.
I'm really glad we have a good number set aside, and a huge number of jars. I'm about to start firing up the canners for ground beef, carrots, and potatoes.
Truly!! I ordered early and got our seeds some months back, a true relief! Still planting some of most everything. Tomatoes are in, seed potatoes are in and growing nicely, carrots and beans popping up. And darned if we don't have a chance of severe storms here later this afternoon with - oh my gosh - egg-sized hail if the storms ramp up. Sure won't be good for the garden, roof, car windows, etc...they're thinking that's a remote chance. Lord help us, we sure don't need a spring like last year's with tornadoes and straight line winds all around us.TxGal, that is downright scary!
Thankfully the last seeds I ordered are already on the way. I should get one of them today and hope for the last package by tomorrow.
I haven't actually used mine yet, they're still in the original case just in case of major problems. Every year I still buy the regular metal replacement lids....sorry!What is your seal ratio on the Tattler lids, TxGal? I haven't bought any as yet, but depending on your reply, I might. Does Tattler make a reusable plastic ring? I have a hard time cleaning the black gunk off the metal rings I use in the canner. I put a little white vinegar in the water to knock back the limestone scale on the jars, but it leaves a black layer on my rings. I have a dedicated set for use in the canner and all the rest are unused and shiny.
I looked on Ebay and they have a reusable lid from the 1970s Morris brand. Could I use that?
Anyone with canners or dehydrators should consider getting replacement trays/liners for their dryers and replacement rockers, gaskets, and even handles for the canners according to the model number. One is none. I had limestone scale in my rocker so bad that the canner wouldn't come to pressure last Monday. I left the rocker in some toilet bowl cleaner (The Works) for a bit to clean that off, rinsed with clear water, and it worked fine. I never thought bowl cleaner would be in my canning preps, but it is now. Hard water is a different learning curve.
Martinhouse, thank you so much! I'm clicking from website to website as fast as I can, and the news is just rushing in. Ugh!The Ice Age Farmer podcast just now was another important one.
Food Shutdown rt 15:26 min.
I'm starting to hear resignation in his voice and I hope I'm hearing it wrong. I'm starting to feel resigned, myself, and I really don't want that to happen!
That's what I read too and Summerthyme says so. I think I will keep using metal. I also need to move my seed stash somewhere cooler.I haven't actually used mine yet, they're still in the original case just in case of major problems. Every year I still buy the regular metal replacement lids....sorry!
I have heard that they do tend to fail more often than the metal lids. I'm sure others will read your post and chime in.
Thanks for posting that info, mudlogger! I've bookmarked the site and looking at it now. Having another source of supplies is becoming critical right now, and this is really helpful. Honestly, I think you were smart to order what you needed. I don't think they'll have much left going forward. We all seem to be about one jump ahead of the rising tide. Thank heavens for that.....I just ordered lids from these guys
Wholesale Canning Supplies| Fillmore Container
They have way too many things to list, but I ordered the flat lids specifically labeled "canning"
Gold Wide Mouth Canning Lids - Bulk 86mm
Gold Bulk Canning Lids - Regular Mouth
Had to pay shipping, but they had them in stock.
Good planning :-)That's what I read too and Summerthyme says so. I think I will keep using metal. I also need to move my seed stash somewhere cooler.
I planted container taters. I figured I'd start simply.Martinhouse, thank you so much! I'm clicking from website to website as fast as I can, and the news is just rushing in. Ugh!
Here's the Ice Age Farmer podcast...yep, I'm getting resigned to it, also...this year is going to be a rough one for everyone.
FOOD SHUTDOWN: Farmers Told to "QUIT FARMING"
Run time is 15:45
Crops rotting in fields. Dairy farmers incentivized to quit for good. Beef/pork processors shutting down. All by design. Spread the word and make sure everyone starts growing food, no matter how small scale -- every bit helps.
But then you have Bill Nye actually complaining to Tucker Carlson that we missed an ICE Age because of Global Warming. Being a Scientist, How the hell does he think an average rise in average World temperature by 1*c is worst than a than a 20*c temperature decline?First off, I am a doomer, all about the doom,
and nothing better than to see this planet,
deal with the out of control human race,
which it has many times.
That gigantic ball of gas up in the sky controls our weather,
not dumbarse humans, creating too much CO2
which is what the plants breathe.
Now due to the brainwashing by liberals,
they have everyone believing the global warming BS,
when all the data is indicating the exact opposite.
All the global warming people, need to be beaten with a stick.
Its all about taxing the 1st world nations, especially the FUSA,
and sending the tax money to Africa. That is all that it ever was,
taking from the economically producing countries,
and giving to the ecomonically non-producing countries.
They lost when President Trump, pulled the FUSA out of the
Paris Climate BS.
I remember when I was in college in the late 1970's
it was all the talk about a coming ice age,
which no doubt is coming.
Then in the late 1990's, I bought two books,
Not By Fire But By Ice, by Robert Felix,
and The Coming Global Super Storm,
by Art Bell and Whitley Strieber.
Everything in those two books, made perfect sense.
There are some good youtube channels out now,
where finally some scientists are starting to speak out,
trying to alert peoples about the farce that is global warming.
Search on youtube for mini ice age, and global solar minimum,
and you will have a lot of good youtubes, about what is coming,
A lot of peoples are going to freeze their tails off,
and perhaps it will be the global warming morons,
that will freeze the most.
Currently, there is a very small sunspot, about center the solar disk,
and there have been 7 spotless days for 2018.
Bundle up peoples, bundle up.
Please be safe everyone, and please arm up.
Regards to all deplorables.