Will recent weather conditions lead to shortage of U.S. food supply?
Spring began on the first day of March, yet many areas in the U.S. are not experiencing warmer weather conditions as desired. Some areas are still experiencing cold air, snow, storms, and rain. The Midwest, California, the Plains, and the southeast are experiencing wet, cold weather.
California’s Mediterranean-like climate makes it a favorable area to grow almond trees. Unlike last year, when drought and heatwaves threatened almond trees, this year, the unusually cold weather caused a delay in their blossoming period.
The Midwest, which is home to the majority of the country’s crop farms and grain transportation network, is still experiencing cold weather conditions. Record-high inches of snow have been reported from Minneapolis; Bismarck, ND; Grand Rapids, MI; Duluth, MN; and Sioux Falls, SD. Experts are concerned about the aftermath of the eventual snowmelt in the Midwest region. There is a possibility of flooding in the Upper Mississippi River down to Davenport, IA and even further south, as seen in 2019.
Food safety requirements state that any edible portion of a plant exposed to floodwaters must be destroyed. This could mean huge losses for both farmers and consumers.
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