007 asked in Science & MathematicsAgriculture · 2 months ago

Why don't farmers donate the crops they destroy and animals in this Coronavirus crisis?

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  • 2 months ago

    That's happening in many areas. Most farmers would much rather see their produce go to some good purpose rather than being wasted, but it's not always possible. 

    For example, how are you going to donate a live hog? 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    The farmers would love to sell their animals and crops, but the processors are closed due to the virus.  The stock already processed has been sitting in cold storage since the restaurants have been largely closed down and the clock is ticking before that stock has to be thrown away.  The "House of Raeford", formerly Columbia Farms, a local chicken processing plant, has donated everything they can to local food banks but the food banks only have limited storage.  They have resorted to selling 40 pound boxes of boneless skinless chicken breasts and tenders to the general public for $40 a box ($1/pound).  Local dairy farmers have had to resort to dumping raw milk on their fields since the dairies are swamped.  The beef ranchers can keep their cattle out in the fields for now, so beef prices have stayed fairly high.

    • 0072 months agoReport

      The state government needs to help with the distribution of that food. If they don't want to help, people need to remember them, in the next election.

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  • 2 months ago

    I wouldn't want destroyed crops or animals. messy!

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  • 2 months ago

    Ah, you've missed the point. The reason they are destroying their goods is because they can't ship them. The truckers and trains are shutdown, like most of our economy. So they are dumping their vine ripened tomatoes, for example, because they can't get anyone to cart them off to the grocery stores.

    And the same is true for the food banks. They can't get anyone to take their goods from the farms to the food banks. There have been a few private truck drivers come to the rescue but the drayage and long-haul industry itself has shut down.

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  • 2 months ago

    Well--what do you think a person who is hungry or a poor community can actually DO with 4 acres of soybeans? Or 1000 bushels of corn? Or 65 square miles of wheat?

    I can certainly understand some farmers donating produce, eggs, milk, or cheese to impoverished communities. But they can't simply GIVE someone a cow or a pig, or bulk "crops". And there is a question of getting it TO those who need it. 

    It's a lovely idea--and very altruistic. But it's not physically practical. 

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  • 2 months ago

    When animals are slaughtered and discarded, it's because there are no facilities available to prepare the meat for market and consumption.  "Donating" a live pig to the Salvation Army does them no good, as the Salvation Army has no personnel who can turn the pig into consumable pork.

    • Thomas E
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      1 month agoReport

      I'll bet they do...

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  • 2 months ago

    Who is going to transport it, safely store it, etc? You? Then? The government? Someone else?

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    • dogsafire
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      2 months agoReport

      Perhaps they should, but there is nothing set up to do that. 

      Perhaps you would like to start organizing such capabilities

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Because they won’t get their farmer welfare checks if they do that. They can’t understand how people could be poor or starving. The government pays them to build a garage on their farm and load it up with freezers that they keep packed with food that they buy at the grocery store, or with meat that they had custom slaughtered at the butcher shop. And the government pays for the electricity too. 

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  • 2 months ago

    Some are, but there is really no infrastructure to do that. The cost of transportation has to be paid by someone. There are also health laws that get in the way, especially for the meat.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Some do, but the distribution can be a problem.

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