Food Notes 1

California produces a third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts…

The United States relies on foreign suppliers for almost 20 percent of its food…

The United States relies on foreign suppliers for 80 percent of its seafood, almost half of that coming from Asia…

About half of America’s imported dairy products come from Europe…

Almost 25 percent of America’s cheese comes from Italy…

Kazakhstan, a major exporter of wheat flour… has suspended exports of the product.

Vietnam, the world’s third-largest supplier of rice… has suspended exports of the product.

The United States no longer holds national grain reserves…

Significant parts of the food supply could be jeopardized should food protectionism accelerate.

Source: Shub Debgupta, “Will the Coronavirus Threaten Our Food?” NYTimes, 3-31-20.

Dr. Debgupta is an economist who focuses on food.

(c) 2020 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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