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‘A disastrous situation’: mountains of food wasted as coronavirus scrambles supply chain

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Farmers are seeing produce rot in fields and dairy wash down drains as they rush to find areas of demand and prevent closures

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.

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