There's little doubt that the US is headed into a food crisis. Here's the bottom line. While American farmers are dealing with one natural disaster after another, President Trump has placed tariffs on the two countries from which we import the rest of our food.
A perfect storm, am I right?
Our farms are in real trouble.
Flooding in the midwest has been going on for months (and in some areas, waters are peaking.) Farmers haven't been able to plant due to the sodden ground. Levees are failing all over the place. Hundreds of tornadoes have swept other farming areas in just the past month. California is unseasonably wet and cold, and they're also dealing with a labor shortage, as migrant workers aren't being allowed in as usual.
None of this sounds good for homegrown food in America and could well lead to a famine. And if it's not a famine, we're guaranteed to pay higher prices at the grocery store due to these catastrophes, as farmers struggle to recover.
But like a Ginsu knife commercial, there's more.
We import a LOT of our food.
According to an article on Quartz, a vast amount of our food comes from other places. We'll discuss two in particular.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. imports billions of dollars worth of seafood from China each year. Farm-raised seafood such as tilapia, shrimp, salmon and catfish is shipped directly from China…
Imports of fresh fruits and nuts steadily increase each year, with Costa Rica and Mexico being the top suppliers to the U.S. This is due in part to their proximity to the U.S. and ability to import fruits closer to their picking time… Chinese pine nuts are a few. Fresh fruit arrives daily into the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. The list of fruits that are frequently imported from these countries include produce like bananas, pineapples, avocados, apples, honeydew melons, blueberries, cantaloupe, mangoes, nectarines and lemons…
Mexico dominates the supply of imported vegetables, supplying peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, pinto beans, broccoli, cabbage, onions, lettuce, celery, squash and spinach, to name a few. (source)
And don't forget Mexican avocados and berries or that Big Agri sends American meat to be processed in China who then sends it back.
(QUICK UPDATE: I think some folks are missing the point. I'm not recommending you eat tilapia etc. from China. I'm saying that our grocery stores are filled with imported food from China and when those prices go up, a lot of people will be in real trouble. The fact that the food is crappy quality has nothing to do with the point of the article – which is food shortages and rising prices. ~ DL)