All countries of the world are drastically affected economically by the global outage of COVID-19. There is almost no industry left untouched and this represents a worse moment than the previous economic downturn since the 2008 financial crisis.
These crises are hardest hit by small businesses, which is why municipalities and local shops, restaurants and cafes encourage those who are able to support these businesses as much as they can. These are the measures these companies can take:
- order delivery,
- Donate excess products and
- Promotion and sales online.
At these times, it is perhaps the most endangered industry that seems to have been forgotten in an increasingly urban lifestyle: the agricultural industry.
Farmers’ situation caused by COVID-19
Measures taken to prevent the spread of coronaviruses, such as the closure of schools, hotels, restaurants and other large stores, reduced their regular supply of agricultural products, leaving farm production unsold and no one could sell it to them. The biggest problem is that most of these products, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and raw milk, cannot be stored for long periods, so many farms have had to throw millions of liters of milk, hundreds of thousands of eggs and bury tons of fresh produce back into the soil.
Farmers are having a hard time surviving these moments because they watch their hard work fail, thousands of dollars of their future income are destroyed, and they can do nothing.
Way of Surviving – Selling Products Direct to Consumers
Policymakers are trying to find solutions, but the measures taken can show that there is not too much support for farmers, which has forced farmers to find and take measures to sell their products themselves.
Many of them, in the absence of storage space on their farms, donated products to local food banks and shelters, however, these places are of limited capacity and cannot accept all goods.
In Florida, among other difficulties, there was an additional blow to the closure of the cruise industry, so farmers took steps and sold directly to consumers.
To that end, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has set up an online program, which is of great benefit in connecting consumers directly with their local farmers. In most cases, this type of supply requires people to go and pick up the products themselves, which gives them an advantage because they are in direct contact with the farmers and can talk to them directly if they have any problems.
If you live in Florida and want to connect with farmers near you, visit this link
Other Ways to Help Farmers
The most important thing is to check that the local farmer’s market is still open, which you can check in this directory for more information on whom to call:
It can also be used:
- The ability to provide a food box service by signing up for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and getting fresh produce directly from a local farmer.
- Most local farms have their own or are part of the service, so they can deliver boxes of fresh produce straight to your door. Here you can find a list of shipping products, sorted by location in the United States: – www.seriouseats.com
- You can also look to some of the local farmers and find out if they are selling directly to consumers or if they would be willing to do it.
The Bottom Line
Due to being forced to stay at home without the use of restaurant services, most people now have to cook their own food, so the need for fresh food (dairy, meat, and other fresh produce) is much greater than before. Buying fresh food from farmers is the right way to help and support their families, rather than buying produce from stores that are mostly imported from other places.
Now is the opportunity for everyone to start shopping and eating locally.