Will Texas’ Food Supply Chains Pass The Pandemic Test?
The coronavirus pandemic is causing disruptions to food and agriculture supply chains around the world, including in Texas.
Interruptions driven by the health crisis have slowed the flow of produce, meat, milk and grains to grocers. While families across Texas struggle with food insecurity, crops destined for stores and the food service industry are going to waste.
Outbreaks at meatpacking plants have slowed production as employers scramble to contain the virus and shore up worker protections. Social distancing protocols mean less space and fewer employees -- another drag on production.
Texas grocery chain H-E-B has reimposed meat and poultry product limits to help protect the state's supply chain. How long could meat supply chain issues last? When and how will meat and other at-risk commodities make a full comeback?
What issues has the outbreak exposed so far about supply chain fragility? What's being done to boost its resilience? What are the biggest logistical challenges?
- Russell Boening, president of the Texas Farm Bureau
- Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice chancellor and dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences of Texas A&M AgriLife and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research
- Dya Campos, director of public and governmental affairs for H-E-B San Antonio
- Eric Cooper, president and CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank
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