Sunday, January 24, 2021

Tag: Food Rotting in the Fields But Shortages in the Stores

Food Rotting in the Fields But Shortages in the Stores

by Mish Shedlock, The Maven:

Food banks are running out of food but farmers are letting it rot in the fields. What’s going on.
Politico reports Tens of millions of pounds of American-grown produce is rotting in fields as food banks across the country scramble to meet a massive surge in demand.

Images of farmers destroying tomatoes, piling up squash, burying onions and dumping milk shocked many Americans who remain fearful of supply shortages. At the same time, people who recently lost their jobs lined up for miles outside some food banks, raising questions about why there has been no coordinated response at the federal level to get the surplus of perishable food to more people in need, even as commodity groups, state leaders and lawmakers repeatedly urged the Agriculture Department to step in.