In Wisconsin and Ohio, farmers dump thousands of litres of fresh milk into lagoons and manure pits. A farmer in Idaho dug huge ditches to bury a million pounds of onions. After weeks of fears of shortages in grocery stores and supermarkets, many of America’s largest farms are grappling with a much more horrific effect of the pandemic. They are being forced to destroy tens of millions of tons of fresh food that they can no longer sell. The closure of restaurants, hotels and schools has left some farmers without buyers for more than half of their crops. The country’s largest dairy co-operative, Dairy Farmers of America, estimates that farmers spill up to 14 million litres of milk every day. 750,000 unhatched chicken eggs are crushed every week.
Source: New York Times