Why coronavirus is causing a massive amount of food waste

published 19.05.2020 17:00

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The coronavirus has massively disrupted the food supply chain.

But with that industry largely shuttered, many farmers have found themselves without a market for their crops, even as demand at grocery stores and food banks rises.

While farmers would like to sell their excess produce to grocery outlets or donate it to food banks, they're up against an inflexible supply chain that is specialized for the end customer.

Longstanding contracts between farmers, restaurants, schools and grocery stores determine how the crops will be packaged and processed.

And while the White House announced a $19 billion farm relief package in April, many farmers worry that it won't be enough.