BRUSSELS — Europe’s farmers are staring at their fields and worrying that with people confined to their homes, and their home countries, crops may wither on the vine this year.Farms across Western Europe are deeply dependent on Eastern Europeans who travel for work during the growing season. Yet with lockdowns in place as agriculture wakes up from its winter slumber, German asparagus may start rotting in the field and French strawberries may suffer from a lack of tending.European countries say they have enough food, for now. But there are concerns about what could happen if the crisis drags deep into the growing season, as well as fears for the livelihoods of their farmers.Some countries are trying to mobilize their own citizens into the fields — even those whose ordinary jobs involve little dirt under the fingernails. German leaders set up a vast database to try to encourage students and teachers to go rescue the asparagus crop, which usually starts hitting stores in the second half of April. French leaders have called for furloughed city dwellers to head to the countryside.“Work in the fields has to be done, and for it to be done, there’s a need for manpower,” French Agriculture


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