While the prices of fruits and vegetables have increased for both consumers at the grocery store and for wholesale buyers, the prices that farmers receive for these same products has not kept up with these increases.
According to U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, the prices that farmers receive have even gone down in some cases.
“Our New York farmers are facing a produce-pricing crisis,” she said. “Throughout the state, fresh fruit and vegetable growers are hurting because the prices they get for their produce have stayed flat, and in some cases have even gone down, while the middlemen who move the produce from farmers to grocery store shoppers have seen the prices for the same produce increase. Despite this, the USDA has not reviewed the fruit and vegetable industry in decades.”
New York consistently ranks as one of the top agricultural states in the nation.