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COVID-19 Sparks Large Amount of Food Waste

COVID-19 Sparks Large Amount of Food Waste

Items like produce and milk are going to waste due to lack of demand.

The coronavirus is causing many obstacles for growers and producers across the nation. One major challenge is the lack of demand, which is causing billions of dollars’ worth of food to go to waste.

With many restaurants, schools, stadiums, theme parks and cruise ships closed for the time being, items like produce and milk are being tossed—in mass quantities.

The Guardian has more information:

Billions of dollars worth of food is going to waste as growers and producers from California to Florida are facing a massive surplus of highly perishable items.

As US food banks handle record demand and grocery stores struggle to keep shelves stocked, farmers are dumping fresh milk and plowing vegetables back into the dirt as the shutdown of the food service industry has scrambled the supply chain. Roughly half the food grown in the US was previously destined for restaurants, schools, stadiums, theme parks and cruise ships.

The impact could be up to $1.32bn from March to May in farm losses alone, according to a National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition report.

Read the full story here.

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