My heart is SO HAPPY to see little news blurbs about the farmers who are passing out free potatoes and such to USE the food instead of waste it. Unfortunately our laws make this difficult for most to do.

Time is FLYING this morning!  Coffee and getting lost in random topics I did a little more research or reading on... printed off some graphs from the CDC statistic sites, drank more coffee, did laundry, changed sheets on the bed, colored my hair, had more coffee, showered... had more coffee, did more reading and researching....  and it's noon and I did NOT go to the grocery store this morning like I thought I might.

But... I have another cup of hot, fresh coffee!

First off, oh how my stomach flips when I read about all the farmers having to dump milk, euthanize their farm animals and are suffering though this food crisis.  Especially when you walk through the grocery store this week and the shelves are EMPTY of meats.  It makes no sense, right?

And it doesn't.
And it does.

I grew up in the heartland of America.  The farmland of America.  The breadbasket of America.
A little 'farming town' in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by even more little farming towns.
My family did not farm (my parents were in law enforcement) but a good number of my friends (and boyfriends) were all farmers.  Corn, soybeans, pigs, cows, turkeys... the farm life is a life I know well. 

After my husband and I were married and started our family, we got the heck out of Dodge (Los Angeles) and got back to the heartland of America as fast as we could to raise our children.

And we ended up, at one point, back in the heartland of America again.  My kids schools were literally in the middle of fields and fields of farmland.  Their friends and school mates came from farming families.

My brother, my son-in-laws family... farmers.

I get it.

Many Americans do not.
Most Americans have NO CLUE where or how their food comes to their local grocery store.  They have misguided and misinformed sources.  Children are raised in cities and grow up to stay and marry and have children in those cities and have no clue about how their food is raised, and therefore don't really know how to teach their children such.  People for generations born and raised in big cities have never stepped foot in the country, never seen a farm, never seen typical farm animals.

So for them, I image it's even more difficult to see the news of farmers having to dispose of their perfectly good fruits, vegetables and livestock, while our grocery stores are emptying.

This morning I found a fairly EASY AND QUICK way to explain the conundrum we find ourselves in...  there are a few different layers.

I just thought I'd pop these up on the blog real quick as it's a pretty fast and simplified way to semi-understand.  Yeah, it goes deeper than this and it's not my circus and not my monkeys.... but here you go.

Before the pandemic, U.S. consumers purchased about a third of their calories and spent over half of their food dollars on food consumed outside of their home – restaurants, fast food, schools, work cafeterias, etc.,” explained Dr. Douglas Jackson-Smith, a professor at the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. “The closure of these outlets and stay-at-home orders have radically changed where most Americans buy and consume their food, and the supply chains have been slow to reorganize and respond.”

"....the two main supply-chains in the U.S. food industry – one for household consumption and the other for commercial use – more than half the spending comes from the large-scale commercial side, which has been practically decimated. And making an immediate shift for the sudden demand change, she noted, is far from simple. Milk processors, for example, “do not have the equipment to package [excess milk] into smaller containers for grocery stores and retail use”  

“A recent New York Times article also claimed that among the 800 USDA inspected slaughterhouses in the U.S., only about 50 factories slaughter and process 98 percent of beef, and many of these facilities are owned and operated by the four big meat companies,

 “The challenge here is that the reforms may cost more than the waste that is currently occurring. Sometimes it is simply better to let a farmer pour milk down the drain, and compensate that farmer – not all dairy farmers – for their losses,” added Vincent Smith, a professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Montana State University. “This is a short-term crisis, and so simply providing food aid  cash  transfers to the households facing hunger and letting the private market respond is likely the best approach.”


My heart is SO HAPPY to see little news blurbs about the farmers who are passing out free potatoes and such to USE the food instead of waste it.  Unfortunately our LAWS DO NOT ALLOW MOST FARMERS TO DO THIS.  Like, you cannot buy milk straight from the farmer (unless they have jumped through a lot of red tape, and inspections and they have to have the purchaser sign a form that states the milk is for livestock and pets to drink ONLY or making soap out of it, etc. and no humans will consume it).  And some farmers can and will sell half a cow or etc. to you but you then have to have a local butcher to process it for you.  Which is awesome (we've bought a quarter cow and half pig from my farmer-brother before) but a lot of people (especially city folk) have no idea how to do this or where to start.

But I'm kind of smiling and shaking my head at myself because I'm just typing and typing as it filters through my brain....  I didn't actually research any of what I've just babbled over coffee about.

The topic above isn't even close  to what I've been researching and studying this morning. LOL. 

No, I've been up to my eye balls in CDC statistics, vaccination schedules, numbers by state, by vaccinated and un-vaccinated with reported various illness and death rates by such.  Interesting.  Very interesting.  (And God bless those pediatricians who study, research and pay attention and do not just follow the rest of the sheep... there are not enough of them and the government tries to slam those that speak up... ugh.  What a deep and many layered topic.)

It's cold.
It's wet.
It's quarantine.

So basically it's a fairly crummy day today (for me) because I have no sunshine or high temperatures outside to enjoy.

I tend to be a little cranky on these kinds of days.

Meh, don't mind me.  It's just the coffee talking again........  speaking of which, I think I'll brew another strong, hot cup.