Climate Change, Supply Chain Disruptions, and Conflicts Could Lead to Food Shortages 2022

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Food Shortages 2022

Several factors are causing a global food shortage: Climate change, Supply chain disruptions, and Conflicts between Russia and Ukraine. In addition, the current labor-intensive production of beef could lead to food shortages.

Weather-related events

Agricultural commodities will face a new strain from climate change as individual extreme weather events become more common. The impacts of climate change on agriculture are significant, as they pose more risks than opportunities. In the middle of 2021, a series of extreme weather events caused crop failures in many important grain-exporting areas. In Brazil, the severe frosts caused a spike in the price of coffee, which was later driven higher by the disruption of global supply chains.

There is a risk of a global food shortage, as global climate change continues to intensify. While many food shortages in the U.S. are caused by weather-related events, they may intensify if the shortages aren’t addressed. While the current global climate crisis may have the capacity to help farmers for a while, future disasters could make this scenario even worse.

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Conflict between Russia and Ukraine

A major food shortage is a very real possibility if war between Russia and Ukraine continues. The conflict has already created a massive refugee crisis. More than 4.5 million people have fled the conflict to other countries and even more have been displaced within Ukraine. Thousands of families who would otherwise plant crops have been forced to flee. The massive process of seeding the soil in Ukraine will not take place this spring.

While the war between Russia and Ukraine has already affected European security and the global energy market, food could be the next target. Russia and Ukraine are both major suppliers of food to many nations, including the United States, Europe, and Asia. A major food shortage in either country could lead to increased prices and a spike in violence in those countries. Experts say that a global food shortage could increase food prices and lead to greater hunger.

Produce shelves are seen nearly empty at a Giant Food grocery store as the U.S. continues to experience supply chain disruptions in Washington, U.S., January 9, 2022. REUTERS/Sarah Silbiger
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Supply chain disruptions

Several factors are contributing to increasing the risk of a food shortage. Firstly, supply chain disruptions could affect the supply of essential commodities. For example, some consumers may hoard a lot of eggs, and this will lead to a shortage. However, when demand catches up with supply, retailers are likely to stock up and overstock. As a result, in June 2020, supermarkets in some countries ran out of eggs.

The current global economic crisis has affected supply chains, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The disruptions in the supply chain include congestion at ports, shortages of truck drivers, and insufficient warehouse space. Pandemic trends also play a role in the current situation, as people are eating more food than they used to. Despite this, experts believe that supply chain disruptions will continue to hamper food supply through 2022.

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Egg shortages

In the U.S., eggs are difficult to find for some consumers. Fast-food chains have cut back on chicken supplies, which has triggered a shortage of the meat. The situation has spread to grocery stores, where a shortage of workers caused production to fall. Grocery chain CEO John Catsimatidis has warned that supply chains may become strained. The rising demand for eggs is expected to make the situation worse as Easter approaches.

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