Australian farmers are dumping millions of dollars of fresh produce as labor shortages continue to disrupt the nation’s food supply chain. Paul Gazolla from Gazolla Farms on the Mornington Peninsula is ploughing up to 30 per cent of his weekly output of lettuce, celery, broccoli and Asian greens into the ground due to the fact that he lacks the staff to pick the produce.
While consumers are being confronted with empty shelves at the supermarket, farmers are growing the food, but they are struggling to harvest it due to these labor shortages. Shortages of transport, processing and distribution workers are also making it difficult for produce to reach shops.
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