REI research associate Elizabeth Ransom co-authors article on COVID-19 and food supply chains

REI research associate Elizabeth Ransom co-authors article on COVID-19 and food supply chains

Why farmers are dumping milk down the drain and letting produce rot in fields

by Elizabeth Ransom
Rock Ethics Institute Senior Research Associate
Associate Professor of International Affairs, Penn State School of International Affairs
(Co-authored with E. Melanie DuPuis, Professor and Chair, Environmental Studies and Science, Pace University, and Michelle R. Worosz Professor of Rural Sociology, Auburn University)

 

Many Americans may be surprised and confused to see farmers dumping milk down the drain or letting vegetables rot in their fields.

Why would they be destroying food at a time when grocery stores and food pantries struggle to keep pace with surging demand during the coronavirus pandemic?

As sociologists with a specialty in agriculture and food, we study how the structure of the food system affects people’s lives and the environment. Seeing food destroyed at a time when people are going hungry highlights both short- and long-term problems with this system.

Topic(s): Food and Agriculture, Global Issues
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