Our freezers runneth over: Explaining the US food surplus

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Warehouses, distribution centres and grocery stores are overflowing with some food staples, such as milk, eggs and frozen fruits and vegetables, the result of increased production and decreased exports. Take dairy, for example: With the most milk ever produced in the U.S. — about 24 billion gallons — that means there are record amounts of butter and cheese.

The glut of food means lower prices for consumers. Here's a short explanation of how the surplus came about and where it all goes:

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