CRITICAL INDUSTRY REPAIR ANALYSIS, FOOD INDUSTRY.
Final rept. for Jun 63-Apr 65,
ADVANCE RESEARCH INC NEEDHAM HEIGHTS MASS
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The American food industry is analyzed in terms of vulnerability and postattack repair. Processing plants in eight specific segments of the industry are selected on the basis of essentiality and vulnerability flour, yeast, sugar, citrus fruit, edible oils, fish, meat, and packaging cans and cartons. Vulnerabilities of the plants vary by a whole order of magnitude. The most vulnerable plant faces total destruction at a relatively low 1.2 psi blast overpressure, and the least vulnerable plant is still repairable after a blast of up to 12.0 psi. The older, more massively built plants are generally least vulnerable, hence present the fewest repair problems at any given blast level. There are two general conclusions. First, a severe shortage of both raw and processed food stuffs is improbable, because food manufacturers are both numerous and geographically dispersed. Second, food in one form or another, including ample reserves in the form of stored, surplus commodities, will be available but must be transported. An adequate supply of petroleum is essential to insure the transporation which will provide the food supply. Author