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Smashing Eggs, Dumping Milk: Farmers Waste More Food Than Ever

  • ‘The rigidity of our food system’ is leading to trashed crops
  • Impact on food security could be devastating for millions
A cucumber field that has been plowed over in Mount Dora, Florida, on April 22.
A cucumber field that has been plowed over in Mount Dora, Florida, on April 22.Photographer: Eve Edelheit for The Washington Post via Getty Images
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Food waste is taking on a new meaning in the pandemic era.

Dumped milk in Wisconsin. Smashed eggs in Nigeria. Rotting grapes in India. Buried hogs in Minnesota. These disturbing images have stirred outrage around the world. But here’s the surprising part: the world may not actually be wasting more than normal, when a third of global food production ends up in landfills.