The United States is experiencing its most severe drought in decades, and its farmers are getting less cash for their produce.
And the drought isn’t just hurting farmers, but the entire country, too.
Here’s what’s going on.
The story “The world has been getting hit by a really severe and persistent drought that is unprecedented in our lifetimes,” says John Hennessey, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“We have never had a sustained, severe droughts like this.
So it’s really difficult to see how that could be sustainable.”
But for some farmers, the drought is making the world go around.
John Henningson, author of “Farmageddon: The Drought That Is Breaking America,” tells National Geographic that people are now “giving up on their lives and their livelihoods” and are opting to buy food online.
“It’s a big disconnect, to be honest,” Hennson says.
“And that disconnect is very clear in the food world.”
It’s not just farmers, either.
As the drought hits, farmers are finding they can’t get their products to markets at all, and are turning to online sales instead.
“When the farmers are losing money, the people that are actually buying the produce are not buying the products,” says Kevin O’Brien, the chief executive of the United States’ National Farmers Union.
Some farmers are selling their produce online for a fraction of what they would be selling it at the store, and they’re taking it to other markets instead. “
Farmers have a hard time doing their jobs, so we’re turning to the Internet to do things.”
Some farmers are selling their produce online for a fraction of what they would be selling it at the store, and they’re taking it to other markets instead.
According to the National Farmers, online sales account for about 30 percent of all agricultural sales in the United State.
Some farmers have even started to ship their produce back to their farm, so they can sell it again.
But even with this shift, the real impact on farmers is being felt elsewhere.
“The biggest challenge for many of these farmers is that their livelihood is being threatened,” says Mark D. McBride, a senior economist at the U.S. Census Bureau.
“There’s a lot going on with the food system in the country.
“They’re not able. “
A lot of these companies are not able to deal with this crisis,” he adds.
“They’re not able.
They’re not going to be able to.
And that’s why I think this has been such a difficult time for the American people.
We have to get back to basics.”
The National Farmers are not alone.
The U.K. is struggling to get its supermarkets stocked.
And as the U and European economies struggle to recover from the crisis, the U:s dairy industry is reporting lower profits, according to the International Dairy Farmers Union (IDFA).
In Germany, farmers have reported shortages of milk because they can no longer afford to produce their milk on time.
The crisis is affecting food systems across the world.
“I think it’s very hard to see that any country is going to survive a situation like this for a long period of time,” says D.J. Schulze, the director of the food and beverage research group at the Food Research and Marketing Institute.
“If the U of A is doing better, you can see why we’re seeing a lot more interest in developing food that doesn’t rely on genetically modified crops.”
Farmers are also finding that their products are getting more expensive because of the shortage.
“In terms of how much the farmers were getting paid, it was basically the same for the farmers that were selling the produce online versus those that were buying it at retail,” says Schulge.
“That’s not a sustainable way to do business.”
So farmers are turning their back on the market.
They are starting to sell their produce at home, or in small grocery stores, rather than at big grocery stores.
“People are actually taking their produce out of the farm and moving it to local markets,” McBride says.
But it’s not all bad news.
The price of milk has been going up because the farmers don’t have the funds to produce enough milk for the market, and that’s helped reduce the prices of their products.
In fact, the prices are going down because they’re using less milk, McBride explains.
“You can see that a lot better in the grocery store than you can in the supermarket,” McBrays says.
For some farmers who are still getting by, it’s a different story.
“Some of them are really struggling, and some of them have found ways to make ends meet,” McBays says, “because there’s no way they can afford to buy their produce in stores anymore.”
For some of the farmers, this is a blessing in disguise.
For them, the crisis has allowed them