Coronavirus may cripple sustainable agriculture


With restaurants across the country closed or ordering far less produce, many farmers are left with fields full of goods they have no-one to sell to. This may leave a lasting mark on America's food industry.


It took nearly half a century to develop America's farm-to-table movement. Local farmers supplying local restaurants with fresh and high quality greens, dairy or meat became a showcase copied in other countries. Within just over two weeks the entire market has collapsed. Some farmers see revenue halved, some have already closed and are selling off their herds, even land.


Resaurants, universities, schools, sports venues, farmers markets – all of them are closed. And all of them were major markets for sustainable local agriculture. So even if you think workers in cities are being hit the most by the coronavirus, things are also looking bleak for the countryside, dependent on metropolitan consumption.