Food Is Not the Final, but the First Frontier for All of Us Humans

After water, it is food that matters.

I heard yesterday that with more than 30 million Americans filing for unemployment, one in five families are food insecure. That means getting enough food for their families is not easy.

My parent organization, the Pacific Northwest Economic Region has 18 different committees that function across 10 U.S. and Canadian states and provinces. The Agriculture Committee recently published this op-ed, Food supply chain links all of us.

In the piece, they highlight our cross-border connections with Canada as it relates to our food supply. While beef and pork processing have been in the news in recent weeks, it won't be long before other agricultural products start popping up as issues. When usage drops off dramatically, production also drops, and it doesn't ramp up with the same speed as a resurgence in demand. 

Watch for a potato shortage months from now. 


Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.