Farmer’s forced to leave food to rot

Farmer’s forced to leave food to rot

Due to the sudden closure of restaurants and businesses from the coronavirus, farmers are being forced to destroy their crops. At the same time, people who recently lost their jobs lined up for miles outside food banks across the country, raising questions about why the response at the federal level to get the surplus of perishable food to more people in need was ’too little, too late’.

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The problem with the story is that it relies on the assumption that the USDA can simply buy up crops, which is not wholly true. The crops that the USDA buys are typically those that are insured and have met provisions within the insurance to be purchased minimizing the financial loss to farmers. Other purchases are made based on long-term market trends in which a glut is likely to occur. Withe the relatively rapid onset of COVID-19 coupled with other issues farmers often face no choice but to destroy crops since they need to be transported and processed in short time periods. Getting the food to food banks is an additional issue which is complicated by having to qualify individual food banks for receipt of goods. Fresh foods with short shelf life simply will go to waste.

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