With the continuous rise of inflation and the threat of recession, food shortages in some parts of the world are happening, and it is very alarming. With hyperinflation, rising commodity prices, and extensive debt in some countries, some economic sectors are greatly affected and have become paralyzed due to the high prices of products and services. This has halted production, thereby impacting their countries’ economies and causing delays, and worse, it has halted food distribution.
Jollibee is one of the fast-rising food chains in the Philippines, and it is taking the world by storm. Their famous chickenjoy has become a hit to everyone who set their foot in this restaurant. Based on the news, some branches of Jollibee are now having a hard time offering their chickenjoy because of the scarcity of the specific type of chicken the company offers to its customers. Jollibee is very meticulous with the type of chicken and how it is cooked, so as to not compromise the quality of this prime commodity.
This situation is very alarming in that a store that serves chicken as its primary offering cannot even obtain the chicken in needed quantities. Of course, this also demonstrates Jollibee’s steadfast commitment to quality.
Causes of Food Shortages
According to Feeding America, food insecurity is complex and can be attributed to multiple causes including:
- Poverty, unemployment, or low income: If food production stops, food distribution also stops. Some people cannot even work because the amount they would earn isn’t enough to cover their commuting costs.
- Lack of affordable housing: The money people earn from working tends to get drained by high housing costs, thereby leaving many households with insufficient funds to buy groceries. The resulting malnutrition impacts their work quality. This makes them less effective, including those workers in the food industry, which further impacts food production.
- Chronic medical conditions or lack of healthcare access: Most workers need good health to be effective in their jobs. Lack of good health translates to lack of effectivity and productivity.
- Systemic racism and racial or religious discrimination: In some parts of the world where discrimination occurs, there are inequalities in food distribution. Most prominent people are often fed first while the marginalized are the last ones to receive.
Effects of Food Shortages?
Depending on the situation and circumstances, the following are the most common effects of food shortage:
- Poor health conditions due to people having to choose food over healthcare because of the high cost of food
- Adverse impact on children’s growth and learning ability
- Hoarding and market chaos
Agricultural countries should not be experiencing food shortages, yet they are often the first to be impacted by this disaster. Why does this happen? It is often due to their corrupt government officials squandering money this is intended for their country’s agriculture industry. The unequal distribution of funds for the agricultural economic sectors and the high prices of agricultural commodities needed to keep their production rates stable.
Food shortage is coming really soon, but that does not mean that every aisle at your supermarket will be empty permanently, this is just temporary until the country regains and adjust itself.
Now the best way to deal food shortage is to stock up wisely. Here are some ways to consider.
- There are foods that are affected by inflation and have the tendency to become expensive, so try to stock up as much as you can.
- Buy food that might disappear due to manufacturer plant closings. (Chicken, bacon, canned goods, pet food, and water bottles are just some that might temporarily disappear.)
- Stock up on products that are staples in your country or what you normally consume every day, such as bread, rice, potatoes, eggs, etc.
- Try to stock up on food products and spices that can partner with the food that you normally eat. This could slow down the consumption of your stocks.
- Nonperishable goods are the best weapon to get through this food shortage.