Melania Trump and I have something in common.
We both enjoy smoothies for breakfast. (Facebook source)
I blend a variety of fruits, berries, low-fat yogurt and juice for a light and nutritious start to the day.
As I handle the food, I think of, and pray for the workers who have been involved in growing, harvesting, and transporting this produce.
Due to the pandemic, and travel restrictions, the world is facing a shortage of fruit harvesters this year.
In the UK, some suggestions have been made that recently unemployed workers should harvest fruit.
This is unrealistic, since fruit harvesters require great physical fitness, superior stamina and endurance, and exceptional knowledge of when the time is right to pick fruit. Food harvesting is far from being an ‘unskilled’ job.
Attempts to use robots to harvest fruit have not been successful, since they often roughly damage the food.
Some food will be left to spoil in the fields this year, as there are too few harvesters available. Food shortages are likely in some places, and the World Food Program (WFP) released statistics that 260 million people globally could face extreme hunger.
The past few months have been reminders for all of us to be truly grateful for the food God provides, and for the many workers involved in the process of bringing foods to our tables.