Tons of Tomatoes in Laguna Were Dumped Because of Oversupply

This practice of throwing away or burning excess or "unwanted" items needs to stop.

(SPOT.ph) An apparent overabundance in their tomato harvest forced farmers in Kalayaan, Laguna, to dump their crops, as tweeted by ABS-CBN News on October 8. More than 10 tons of tomatoes were discarded because traders in Manila and Quezon City reportedly returned the small tomatoes due to oversupply, amounting to P4 million in lost revenue for the farmers.

According to Department of Agriculture-Calarbarzon director Arnel De Mesa, however, the farmers didn't suffer any losses because they've already profited and their harvest has been good for the past three months. Sitaw, kalabasa, and ampalaya seeds will be distributed to the farmers to substitute their crops.

Still, we can’t help thinking that there has to be a better way to get rid of excess or unwanted products other than throwing them in a pit, burning them, or flat-out destroying them. Over on Twitter, people are sharing their thoughts on this decision to merely dump the tomatoes.

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With people who are going hungry and would appreciate free produce, let's keep our fingers crossed that the next time something similar happens, the situation is handled better.

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