Scenario: FOOD SHORTAGE

January 18, 2016

in Negative Events

INTRO
The normal food supply chain is either greatly diminished, requiring rationing or is completely eliminated. This can be caused by disruption to agricultural production, or an interruption to the distribution process or spoilage or destruction of stored goods. Most urban and suburban areas rely primarily on grocery stores and their distribution channels for food supply. Dry goods have shelf lives of many months or years in some cases. Fresh goods have shelf lives of a few days and frozen goods are dependent on refrigeration, usually powered by electricity. Rural areas have more fresh food markets.

VARIATIONS
Localized agricultural failures cause shortages of specific food types, but other food types and other sources are still available.

Local food production may continue without interruption, but transportation failures or loss of refrigeration ability cripples distribution and storage.

Widespread catastrophic agricultural disruption causes nearly complete and long term failure of food supply chain.

IMPACT
Most home pantries contain less than ten days of food. Once that runs out, going without food for a few days or even a week is a distraction and can weaken performance, but is not usually serious. Going for two weeks without food can cause serious performance degradation and impairs the ability to accomplish survival tasks. Going past three weeks without food is possible but is often life threatening and may be incapacitating well before death.

Consuming food that has spoiled is also dangerous.

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