Without a doubt, Covid-19 has had several repercussions throughout our lives. Schools were shut down, and many individuals were laid off as a result of the forced closure of businesses. One evident impact of the shutdown of companies, farms, and transportation is a reduction in food production.We can observe that some grocery shelves are nearly bare and that “the Covid impact” is being felt in terms of output. By October, families might start to plan holiday parties such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas, but how different will they be this year?
What may become an immediate concern for Americans around the country is that Thanksgiving is coming up, and there will most likely be a scarcity, if not a complete absence, of turkeys this year. While consumers were compelled to buy less turkeys last year, they will be displeased to discover it will be the same this year. Farmers were compelled to limit farming and keep everything to a minimum when grain and turkey feed prices increased. Thus, if you are able to find a turkey, you should be happy. When shopping for a turkey, you must be ready to pay a higher price then in pre-covid years. If you want to bake an apple or pumpkin pie, bear in mind that these ingredients might not be as easy to get as before. Why? Again, this is due to the Covid effect.
The same thing is occurring in the United Kingdom.
“The period when we had everything on the shelves is past,” the Chief of Food Suppliers in England has declared. When consumers in England discovered bare shelves, they realized the cause was the pandemic. Many store employees were furloughed during the pandemic’s peak. It’s now difficult to contact them, as some might have started other types of jobs. It is becoming increasingly clear that persistent labor shortages and supply chain disruptions are the major source of shortages in British supermarkets. While costs have increased and domestic production has decreased, importing food and all goods remains very tough. At border crossings, strict procedures are in place, including inspecting the driver and the products he transports, as this might represent a risk of spreading the virus into the nation. The high gas prices increase the shipping costs, and there is a labor shortage in many of the world’s busiest ports. In Los Angeles, ocean freighters must wait two weeks to dock and unload their containers.Why? There are insufficient employees in the harbors.Thus, the market is facing local manufacturing declines and international import blockades.
Unfortunately, we do not have a solution to this problem at the moment but to exercise patience and wait for the virus to pass. When this is all done and we can gather for Christmas or another holiday, the pandemic might be a distant memory. Take advantage of what we have, and enjoy the holidays to their fullest. If you’re unable to obtain a turkey for Thanksgiving, you may substitute anything else and pretend that everything is alright, because holiday spirit is more important than turkey, and family and friends are what matter most.