Tossed crops, dumped milk: Coronavirus disrupts US food supply

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Disruptions in the food supply chain are leading to empty produce bins and shelves at some grocery stores in California. Credit: Travis Wise (CC BY 2.0).

Several meat production plants have shut down recently because of COVID-19 outbreaks among workers. In South Dakota, more than 200 workers at a pork plant got sick.

On the other end, some grocery stores closed because of outbreaks. Trader Joe’s in South Pasadena is closed after a worker there tested positive. It plans to reopen on Wednesday after a deep clean.

Elsewhere, farmers are tossing tons of eggs, dumping thousands of gallons of milk into manure pits, and plowing under fresh vegetables.