Joe Do, California, Becca Jabotinsky discussed on The Takeaway
On the one hand and yet lines like we've seen lines of cars for food banks. Why is it so hard? Beca to to bridge the gap between producers who have product and people who need food so emergency food system is not equipped to deal with the number of people that we have access to get currently so you know one of the big bottlenecks has been storage capacity right especially for fresh produce like Joe's talking about right. You need to have refrigeration. Available places to store that product and With the quantities. Talked about right now. You know a lot of times. That's really challenging. I've been working with the national farm to school network They run and support many of the farm to school programs across the country and we talked to them about how the school was adapting to provide these meals to children. I mean many of the kids in our country are dependent on these these school meals. And what we heard is that as they're transitioning to these different types of emergency food programs. They're really shifting away from providing a fresher perishable product and towards on non perishable items. And that makes it more challenging to connect at producers directly to those types of networks and feeding systems. Joe Do you worry about the long term impact for your own operation and for other growers around you in California as this drags on yes. We're we're thinking of what what the future holds for us. The fresh fruit and vegetable industry is probably most impacted. Because we don't have as much flexibility as say the nonperishable foods you know if I grew beans or rice. You could just hold it in the silo right. But you can't hold my melons very long. We can hold them in the cold room for a few days or maybe even a week but eventually that cold them gets full and you have to make room for the new fruit coming in. This would be very difficult for us if this continues much longer. Joe Is the president of Dobrusky farms in central California and Becca Jabotinsky Professor at Colorado State University. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank.