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Gratitude: Our food supply chain

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These days, when everyone is urged to stay at home, I am grateful for everyone who’s working on the frontline, providing essential services to our community. I am grateful for all the brave doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers who are battling this disease . I’m grateful to the supermarket staff who are keeping the shops open. And I’m particularly grateful to all the hidden people in the supply chain that are making sure the food and other daily necessities are making it to the shops and into our homes.

The supply chain for our food and everyday necessities is not something I often think about. But when the supermarket shelves started going bare, it became front and centre. Would we run out of food? How bad is it going to get?

We didn’t join the panic buying that was sweeping the country. We certainly didn’t buy a chest freezer. We tried to stay rational, to assure ourselves that when the panic buying was over, we would all be fine. Fortunately, we have more than enough toilet paper to last us for a while, and we grow most of our green vegetables, so that was one less thing we needed to rely on the supermarkets for.

I was, however, worried about what would happen if our supply chain collapsed. Where would we get milk for my daughter? How would we feed ourselves? Pictures of bare shelves from around the world didn’t help.

Luckily, our supermarket purchases have hardly been affected. Apart from slight annoyances, like hardly being able to find flour and yeast for the bread I like to bake, and being unable to buy frozen spinach for a few weeks because the freezer cabinet was forever bare, we have been quite lucky.

So today, I would like to say thank you to all the people in the supply chain who keep the supermarket shelves stocked. Thank you to the people working in the supermarket, keeping the shelves stocked and manning the registers. Thank you to the truck drivers and those who load them. And in particular, a big thank you to all the farmers who are feeding the country!

This post was inspired by Discover Prompts, Day 26: Hidden


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