The food shortages are going to get worse in the coming months. As we creep towards autumn, farmers are reporting that they are having to sell off livestock and kill off crops because of the drought.
The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has released a new report claiming that 37 percent of farmers across the United States are having to plow under their crops due to persistent drought conditions. These farmers say they are also having to destroy orchard trees and other multi-year crops. These crops (as multi-year crops), take several years to grow. Additionally, farmers are selling off livestock that they can no longer feed and water due to the megadrought. according to a report by The Daily Mail.
About 60 percent of the West, South, and Central Plains regions of the country are currently in a drought. The latter two also saw the third-hottest July on record, AFBF says. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) also issued a statement about how a “rapidly intensifying drought” has “gripped the central and southern Plains and mid-west.”
As domestic supplies dry up, Americans will have to increasingly rely on “foreign supplies,” according to Zippy Duvall, president of the Farm Bureau Association.
Appearing on CNN, Duvall explained that costs for meat and other foods will increase, which means that U.S. consumers may need to consider “partially relying on foreign supplies or shrinking the diversity of items they buy at the store.” -Natural News
Duvall continued to warn that Americans will be feeling the repercussions of this year’s drought and the farmer’s decisions for years to come. Our food supply is going to take a while to recover. Costs for all foods are going to go up which means the U.S. is going to have to rely more heavily on foreign foods, Duvall said.
Seventy-four percent of farmers across America are reporting a “prevalent” reduction in harvest already, including in California where half of all survey respondents said they have had to remove fruit and nut trees due to government restrictions on water usage. “Many farmers have had to make the devastating decision to sell off livestock they have spent years raising,” added Duvall about livestock losses.
“We have sold half our herd, and may not be able to feed the remaining,” one Texas cattle rancher is quoted as saying.