The Grapes of Wrath

chapter 25 question

Why do the small farm owners let grapes rot, dump potatoes in the river, slaughter and bury pigs, and squirt kerosene on oranges?

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The wealthy owners lavished great expense to ensure that the fruits grown on their farms were ripe and healthy, impervious to disease, yet were the engineers of the eventual rot. By accumulating too much and forcing the prices of the fruit too high when others had too little, they ensured that nobody would be able to buy the fruit. They have engineered their own demise. That's why there is all the waste.