American farmers are concerned.
The coronavirus pandemic is posing a threat to their livelihoods, as it is for many others across the globe. But unlike some shelf-stable goods producers, farmers have very little flexibility. They're on a strict planting and harvesting schedule and cannot ramp up or decrease production at will.
"A peach [that] is good today is not good tomorrow.
If farmers can't find enough workers or if their farming practices are disrupted because of the pandemic, Americans could have less or pricier food this summer. And because international farmers and their supply chains face similar problems, we could receive fewer food imports, potentially limiting supply and driving up prices.
In recent weeks, many Americans got a scare when they walked into grocery stores and found empty shelves.
What happens over the next several months will determine whether those disruptions become more serious.
Farmers are scrambling to solve problems as they arise, and it's unlikely that we'll run out of food. But this year and next, we may not see the bounty we're accustomed to.
It is important to prepare now!