Dumped Milk, Smashed Eggs, Plowed Vegetables: Food Waste of the Pandemic
With restaurants, hotels and schools closed, many of the nation’s largest farms are destroying millions of pounds of fresh goods that they can no longer sell.
Over 50 Organizations Urge Congress to Prioritize Small, Mid-Sized Farms for COVID-19 Relief
More than 50 organizations signed an open letter to Congress this week calling for stimulus funding to support independent, small, and mid-size farms, and farm and food production workers. Citing the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 crisis on these groups and the essential services they provide, the letter urged lawmakers to ensure assistance programs will benefit localized food systems, rather than industrial agribusiness.
Coronavirus pandemic leading to costly food waste for American farmers
As schools, restaurants and other businesses cancel large orders for produce and dairy, America’s farmers have been forced to throw out thousands of tons of fresh food.
Wisconsin farmers forced to dump milk as coronavirus slams a fragile dairy economy
About 7 o’clock Tuesday night, Golden E Dairy got the call that any dairy farmer would dread. They were being asked to dump 25,000 gallons of fresh milk a day because there was no place for it to go as the marketplace for dairy products has been gutted by the closure of restaurants, schools, hotels and food-service businesses.
Food goes to waste amid coronavirus crisis
The coronavirus pandemic is leading the food industry and regulators to change policies as they grapple with empty shelves, a glut of fresh produce and milk, and sudden shifts in consumer buying habits.