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'We Had to Do Something': Trying to Prevent Massive Food Waste
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=54228"><span class="small">Michael Corkery and David Yaffe-Bellany, The New York Times</span></a>   
Monday, 04 May 2020 08:25

Excerpt: "While millions of Americans are worried about having enough to eat and lines at food banks grow, farmers have been plowing under vegetable fields, dumping milk and smashing eggs that cannot be sold because the coronavirus pandemic has shut down restaurants, hotels and schools."

A potato warehouse in Warden, Wash., on Friday. (photo: David Ryder/Getty Images)
A potato warehouse in Warden, Wash., on Friday. (photo: David Ryder/Getty Images)


'We Had to Do Something': Trying to Prevent Massive Food Waste

By Michael Corkery and David Yaffe-Bellany, The New York Times

04 May 20


Some producers acknowledge the efforts are “just a drop in the bucket” of what farmers can’t sell and are destroying instead.

hile millions of Americans are worried about having enough to eat and lines at food banks grow, farmers have been plowing under vegetable fields, dumping milk and smashing eggs that cannot be sold because the coronavirus pandemic has shut down restaurants, hotels and schools.

Now, the destruction of fresh food on such a scale has prompted action by the Trump administration and state governments, as well as grass-roots efforts like a group of college students who are renting trucks to rescue unsold onions and eggs from farms. But they most likely won’t be enough to address the problem if businesses remain closed for months.

Over the next few weeks, the Department of Agriculture will begin spending $300 million a month to buy surplus vegetables, fruit, milk and meat from distributors and ship them to food banks. The federal grants will also subsidize boxing up the purchases and transporting them to charitable groups — tasks that farmers have said they cannot afford, giving them few options other than to destroy the food.

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