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Here’s 96 Examples of Food Shortages Being Created in Past Year

Posted by M. C. on June 14, 2022

Deserves a hmmmmm emoji.

By Keely Compson
Think Americana

Have you heard about all of the farms, distribution centers, and food plants that have been mysteriously burned down or destroyed?

The government is not predicting a food shortage. They are creating it! Open your eyes! There are WAY too many incidents in the past year for it to be a coincidence.

Check it out:

1. 4/30/21 Monmouth Smithfield Foods pork processing plant

2. 7/25/21 Memphis Kellogg plant

3. 8/13/21 JBS beef plant

4. 8/24/21 Patak Meat Company

5. 7/30/21 Tyson River Valley ingredient plant

6. 10/21/21 Darigold plant

7. 11/15/21 Garrard County food plant

8. 11/29/21 Maid-Rite Steak Company

9. 12/13/21 San Antonio food processing, West side Foods

10. 1/7/22 Hamilton Mountain poultry processing

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11. 1/13/22 Cargill-Nutrene feed mill. Lacombe, La

12. 1/31/22 Winston-Salem fertilizer plant

13. 2/3/22 Wisconsin River Meats

14. 2/3/22 Percy dairy farm

15. 2/5/22 Wisconsin River Meats processing facility destroyed by fire in Mauston, Wisconsin.

16. 2/15/22 Bonanza Meat Company goes up in flames in El Paso, Texas

17. 2/15/22 Shearer’s Foods Food processing plant explodes in Hermiston, Oregon.

18. 2/16/22 Indiana Louis-Dreyfus soy processing plant

19. 2/18/22 Bess View Farms

20. 2/19/22 Lincoln premiere poultry

21. 2/22/22 Shearer’s Foods potato chip plant

22. 2/22/22 Fire destroys Deli Star Meat Plant in Fayetteville, Illinois.

23. 2/28/22 nutrient AG Solutions fertilizer facility burns

24. 2/28/22 Shadow Brook Farm & Dutch girl Creamery burns

25. 3/4/22 294,800 chickens destroyed at farm in Stoddard, Missouri

26. 3/4/22 644,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland

27. 3/8/22 243,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in New Castle, Delaware

28. 3/10/22 663,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland

29. 3/10/22 915,900 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Taylor, Iowa

30. 3/14/22 Wayne Hoover dairy farm, barn full of vows burns

31. 3/14/22 2,750,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Jefferson, Wisconsin

32. 3/16/22 Walmart Distribution Center burns for 76 hours in Plainfield Ind.

33. 3/16/22 Nestle Food Plant extensively damaged in fire and new production destroyed Jonesboro, Arkansas

34. 3/17/22 5,347,500 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Buena Vista, Iowa

35. 3/17/22 147,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Kent, Delaware

36. 3/18/22 315,400 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Cecil, Maryland

37. 3/19/22 Walmart Food Distribution center catches fire in Plainfield, Indiana

38. 3/22/22 172,000 Turkeys destroyed on farms in South Dakota

39. 3/22/22 570,000 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska

40. 3/24/22 Major Fire at McCrum Potato Plant in Belfast, Maine.

41. 3/24/22 418,500 chickens destroyed at farm in Butler, Nebraska

42. 3/25/22 250,300 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Franklin, Iowa

43. 3/26/22 311,000 Turkeys destroyed in Minnesota

44. 3/27/22 126,300 Turkeys destroyed in South Dakota

45. 3/28/22 1,460,000 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Guthrie, Iowa

46. 3/29/22 Maricopa, Az. Food Pantry burns down 50,000 pounds of Food destroyed in Maricopa, Arizona.

47. 3/31/22 Rio Fresh Onion factory damaged by fire in San Juan, Texas.

48. 3/31/22 76,400 Turkeys destroyed in Osceola, Iowa

49. 3/31/22 5,011,700 chickens destroyed at egg farm in Osceola, Iowa

50. 4/6/22 281,600 chickens destroyed at farm in Wayne, North Carolina

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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Farms, forests are short-sighted spots for solar projects

Posted by M. C. on October 22, 2021

Let Amazon know destroying farmland and forests for solar farms is nuts.

https://erietimes-pa-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=17e63c033_1345f72

With continuing advances in technology and declining costs, large-scale solar projects are popping up all over the commonwealth. Hundreds more seem possible in the coming years.

Many of these solar farms are being developed to offset the carbon footprint of companies like Amazon, who earlier this year announced a 618-acre project proposed on forestland in McKean County and another of 150 acres on farmland in Potter County.

Most solar farm projects in Pennsylvania have been proposed for farms and forestland. These locations are not only short-sighted and counter-intuitive to tackling climate change, they have the potential to lead to a cascade of other negative ecological impacts.

Trees are one of nature’s greatest inventions. According to Penn State Extension, trees are also ‘…without a doubt the best carbon capture technology in the world.’ They’re also protect and cleanse rivers and streams. They do this by slowing down, spreading out, and soaking up vast amounts of precipitation that could otherwise carry vast amounts of polluted runoff to the nearest waterbody. Along the way, pollutants are filtered out. Incredibly, streamside forests have been shown to dramatically increase a stream’s ability to cleanse itself of many types of pollution.

Although farmland doesn’t function like a forest, a well-managed farm has its own ecological benefits. For example, healthy farm soils are key to productive, nutritious crops. Keeping soils and nutrients on the land instead of in the water, also help infiltrate large amounts of precipitation.

Clear cutting forests and compacting and covering healthy soils for large-scale solar farms threaten to replace the vast array of benefits, with polluted runoff degrading streams, increased nuisance flooding, loss of critical wildlife habitat, and even the release of soil carbon back into the atmosphere.

In the spring of 2020, CBF released a report to help guide decision-makers on where solar projects should be located, called ‘Principles and Practices for Realizing the Necessity and Promise of Solar Power.’

In our state, better placement of solar projects starts with local municipal governments having up-to-date local comprehensive plans and ordinances that direct solar farms away from forests and farmland, streams, and wetlands. Ideal alternative locations include under-performing malls and their parking lots, abandoned mine lands, and other industrial locations.

Secondly, local governments need to include design standards that require native pollinator species be planted, which also reduces polluted stormwater runoff, instead of non-native species like turfgrass, or semi-hard surface like gravel that have little ecological value.

Taxpayers should advocate that companies, as well as state and federal governments, should not be proposing and subsidizing projects in less-than-ideal areas.

Regardless of whether you believe humans are the cause of climate change, the myriad of impacts from it are here and projected to get worse in the coming decades. With advances in technologies, generating energy from sources like solar is increasingly being seen as a viable, less carbon-releasing alternative to fossil fuels.

The decisions we allow our elected officials make on land-use issues like solar projects today will have implications for Pennsylvania’s health, well-being, and quality of life for generations to come.

Harry Campbell is science policy and advocacy director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Pennsylvania.

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