Thousands of Farmers between a rock and a hard place, destroying crops, throwing away tons of milk, because they say they can't do anything else with production.
By Miami Diario Newsroom
An unfortunate paradox for mainly logistical and economic reasons: farmers are running out of warehouse space and crops continue to grow.
Apparently, changing the way of production would bring losses, for some, this has been the only alternative.
Ripe squash and chayote: discarded and destined to rot. Plows destroying a bean crop ready for picking, is the scene on a farm near Lake Okeechobee, a million tons.
And from east to west in the country the same thing happens with cabbage, cucumber, blueberries and corn: thousands of crops marked by the coronavirus.
The representative of the Hatton farm in Palm Beach says that a large percentage of its production was committed to restaurants, schools and even cruise lines. It is the same case of thousands of farmers who have been left without customers and with tons of food. The supermarket chains would now be the big buyers and they are already supplied by the abundant offer.
According to the sustainable agriculture coalition, in the worst scenario, the crisis could cost the sector 600 million dollars and another 90 million in wages.
Apparently there is no distribution chain for donations and that could be more expensive.
Some ran out of customers for their production of "microgreens" used in gourmet cooking.
And the spilled milk reaches 3.7 million gallons a day, destined for schools now closed. It is expensive to change technology at the last minute to produce derivatives such as cheese. And the cows keep giving birth.
Particularly for farmers in Florida, the issue is very serious, since a good part of the food consumed in half of the country's east coast is grown here. an infrastructure that, once paralyzed, will cost a lot to reactivate.
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