|food for thought...
||[Mar. 28th, 2010|10:45 pm]
In brief, Florida has a strawberry boom that makes plowing them under cheaper than harvesting them. Some people are upset about this, going so far as to say it should be against the law to waste food this way.
This annoys me. The people complaining the loudest about wasted food are apparently the most ignorant about markets. I made bagels for Farmers Market, if there were leftover bagels the family usually just ate them. If the market changed in such a way that I would actually be losing money taking them to Market, then I very well may just toss them. Bagels are a little different, but the fact is that to give away these strawberries involves paying people to harvest 30 acres of fruit and to have it transported elsewhere. And the farmer's are running a business, so they cut losses and hope to lose as little money as possible. Sure letting people pick them for free is fine, but not every farm is set up to do this, and there may be liability issues involved (or the farms may just be too far away from anyone to attract enough pickers to make it worth while).
Yes it's a shame that food is being wasted, but if I were farming, I wouldn't want to be taking a bigger loss on a crop either. Let's see the people complaining about this lose a good chunk of their year's income and have strangers grouse about how they didn't spend even more money to give stuff away.