As many supermarkets find their stocks slowly being cleared out, some are trying to conceal the shortage in more ways than one.
Ashe Short, senior editor at Daily Wire, posted a picture of a shelf with products evenly spread out in single file. She wrote: "Our Safeway [grocery] appears to be trying to hide the supply shortage by using single lines of products to fill shelves."
Another photo shared by conservative news website ZeroHedge shows individual boxes of macaroni and cheese lining multiple shelves. The boxes, arranged in single file, appear to give the impression of the grocery being packed.
There's also a video showing folding lawn chairs arranged neatly on empty shelves at a U.S. department store. "We are at the edge of the precipice," the user who captured the footage wrote as its caption.
One photo on Twitter shows purportedly well-stocked grocery shelves at a Kroger location – complete with prices. But a closer look at the photo will reveal that the "well-stocked shelves" are actually covers, concealing empty shelves.
Another photo, this time from the U.K., shows one location of British supermarket chain Tesco putting print-outs of fake asparagus bundles in the vegetable section. (Related: Supply chain issues plaguing U.K., food shortages worsening.)
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki interpreted the shortages and skyrocketing prices as positive signs. She also defended White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, who has concurred with the idea that the country's current economic problems are "high-class problems" – a remark originally from economist Jason Furman.
"The fact is that the unemployment rate is half of what it was about a year ago. More people have jobs, more people are buying goods, that's increasing demand. That's a good thing. maAt the same time, we know supply is low because we're coming out of the pandemic," Psaki said.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is also insisting that there are no food shortages and there is sufficient food supply for Americans. According to the USDA's COVID-19 information page, "there are currently no nationwide shortages of food and there are currently no widespread disruptions reported in the supply chain."
The USDA added that it is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in "closely monitoring the food supply chain for any shortages, in collaboration with industry and our federal and state partners." Both agencies are in regular contact with food manufactures and grocery stores, it adds.
Instead of actually solving the problem, the Biden administration pointed their fingers at "hoarders." Writing for The Organic Prepper, author Daisy Luther pointed out: "'Hoarders' are a handy scapegoat and a great way to turn people against those who are prepared." The author of "Prepper's Pantry" added: "It isn't hoarding to supply food for your family when you see things going downhill fast." (Related: Is the American food supply chain collapsing?)
The Health Ranger Mike Adams shared the same sentiment.
In the Oct. 25 edition of his "Health Ranger Report" program on Brighteon.TV, Adams told his guest The Patriot Nurse: "The media is now already starting to shame people away from acquiring supplies, using terms like 'hoarding' or 'panic buying. Meal planning by purchasing food? That's not a panic buy; that's a strategic safety net."
The Patriot Nurse agreed and called the move "prescient buying." She said: "It's not panic if you recognize that you, as a human being, have basic needs that have to be sustained and met – regardless of surrounding circumstances and political expediencies."
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