'It's catastrophic.' Coronavirus forces Florida farmers to scrap food they can't sell

MIAMI — A tractor with a 35-foot blade mowed down one million pounds of green beans ready to be picked at R.C. Hatton’s Pahokee, Fla., fields.Those crops should have been going to South Florida’s restaurants, cruise ships, school cafeterias, airlines and even theme parks.Instead, they are going into the ground.“And I’ve got another one million I can’t harvest that’s going down in the next three days,” R.C. Hatton’s president Paul Allen said.The total shutdown of the hospitality industry, to stem the spread of the coronavirus, means farmers who grew crops intended for everyone from small, indep...


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