For some crops there's a glut and a shortage at the same time


It seems like a contradiction: there are food shortages, despite plenty of food. Many Texas farmers are used to selling their crops to restaurants and transitioning to grocers isn't easy.

Dr. Luis Ribera with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service says many crops have nowhere to go.

"Restaurants have closed or they're just doing delivery, which has reduced, significantly, the demand there."

Dr. Ribera says you need different supply chains and packaging to sell to grocers.

"When you sell to restaurants the packaging is different; it's larger boxes, you don't have to have the nutritional chart they have to have when you buy from a grocery store."

Dr. Ribera says many green crops are in season.

"Your spinach, your greens, you're going to have watermelons and melons coming soon, so those are the things we're harvesting right now in south Texas."

Dr. Ribera says crop sales to grocers are up 10 to 15%, but overall sales are down 20 to 50.%


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