(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) The nation’s third largest egg production plant burned down last week, wasting tremendous amounts of food amid soaring inflation and food shortages.
Elijah Schaffer, and independent journalist and podcaster, posted a video of the burning building on twitter.
The Oklahoma City Sentinel reported on the blaze.
“Last Saturday, a massive fire burned down the egg farm and plant at the Hillandale Farms in Bozrah, Connecticut,” it reported. “The huge blaze likely killed close to 100 chickens and is expected to have an effect on the already high prices of eggs.”
RFD TV reported numbers that were significantly worse. “Officials estimate 100,000 birds died in the fire,” according to RFD TV.
Regardless of the numbers, the Sentinel reported that police have not identified the cause of the fire, but that investigations are underway.
“We have not heard any response from authorities regarding the causes of hundreds of other plant fires over the last year and unfortunately don’t expect this case to be any different,” the paper wrote.
This fire is just one of the recent disasters plaguing the American food supply in the last year.
- A fire in Pendleton Ore., destroyed a flower mill.
- Another fire destroyed Shearer’s food processing plant in Hermiston Oregon, according to the East Orgonian.
- A Taylor Farms Processing Facility in Salinas, Calif., was destroyed by a massive fire, according to ABC 7 News.
- Another processing plant in Oregon, Azure Standard’s headquarters, was burned to the ground this year.
This rash of fires has led the FBI to warn of cyber-attacks targeting food processing centers.
“Ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain,” the FBI alert stated.
The year 2022 saw a 60% increase in the price of eggs, according to Yahoo! With such rising prices, any harvesting of eggs is a “critical … harvesting season,” and thus vulnerable to malicious actors.
“How did one of the largest egg production plants burn down during a national egg shortage?” Schaffer asked.