Millions of pounds of perfectly good produce are thrown out each year because retail prices are too low. This is happening while numerous people living near the “food dumps” go hungry. Thankfully, there are organizations trying to change that.
25-30% of America’s produce is transported through Mexico. Most of this food passes through Arizona border towns. Food can be thrown out purely because the price has changed on a certain day. Some of it is used for animal feed and food banks but the majority of the food is simply thrown out. The border towns have some of the highest food instability rates in the country. Borderlands rescues millions of pounds of produce per season to be distributed at their food bank. Native Seed S.E.A.R.C.H is also doing their part by preserving native seeds and distributing them for growth. They also try to teach people how to grow these seeds into edible foods.