There are two nonfiction books which occupy places of pride on my bookshelf, Laurie Garrett's The Coming Plague and Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and there's a current overlap in their subject matter, a crisis involving the intersection of epidemiology and food supply chains. COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in meat and poultry processing plants, and disrupting the entire food production industries. Anecdotally, I've seen weird fluctuations on grocery shelves- a couple of weeks ago, I joked that my dedication to omnivory would be my saving grace... chicken hearts and gizzards always seemed to be in supply. This week, I went to the nearby H-Mart, and there was not a heart or gizzard to be found. Chicken necks (good for stock, but not really worthwhile purchases) were on the shelves in profusion, as were chicken livers (too rich to eat often, and I had my fair share of them last week).
I find that I am eating less meat these days. In some ways, I am eating in a more 'European' fashion, using smaller amounts of meat almost as a condiment... a bit of sausage to flavor a bean soup, a small chunk of pork simmered with an onion and a head of cabbage. I've also found that the mom and pop stores have been reliable- the local butcher shop is going strong, and the old reliable Eastern European specialty shop is a decent source for flavorful additions to perpetual stews. I haven't really discussed their meat sources, but I wouldn't be surprised if they dealt mainly with farmers within the state.
In case of a complete collapse of the meat industry, I have a couple of aces up my sleeve (and I'm not even talking about eating this guy). During a trip to a not-too-far Asian supermarket, I picked up two huge jars of pork floss, one of them mixed with shreds of seaweed and sesame seeds. Again, it's something to use as an 'accent' for a bowl of rice porridge.
Meat does seem like it might be more of a treat than a dietary staple, if the current trend continues. It's weird to think that Donald J. Trump, failed purveyor of subpar steaks, might be the guy who turned America's burger-loving Heartlanders into vegetarians. I, myself, have been trying to reduce my meat consumption (on one occasion, I went three months without eating meat), and I don't see carnivory as part of my psychosexual identity, so I can view this with detached irony. I'm not so sure the MAGA crowd will handle it so well, but they've been among Trump's victims (albeit ones with Stockholm Syndrome) from the start