Code red for agriculture in Tuscany

“Blizzard comes and farmers tremble” – Loss rates up to 50%.

In Tuscany, where agricultural production has already been put to the test by a week of freezing temperatures, the ‘dreaded snowstorm and ice Baltic’ expected over the weekend has prompted a warning of code red.

” We are very worried – admits Tulio Marcelli, Regional Chair Coldiretti Tuscany – Snow “definitely a problem, but the cold may be a very dangerous factor for agricultural production… The sudden drop in temperature, for a period so long, can do much harm.”

Loss rates up to 50 percent

Coldiretti Tuscany (info at says that some situations throughout the region are strongly critical where the production of seasonal vegetables grown in open fields (sprouts, cabbage, artichokes and in general, leafy vegetables like lettuce, radicchio, endive, borage, spinach, chicory) with loss rates of up to 50%.

The cold has also affected product that has already been harvested and is in storage.

(What have I been saying about fighting in the streets for food?) -l-agricoltura.html

Thanks to geologist Mirco Poletto in Italy for this link

“P.S.” says Mirco. “In Europe body count reached 500.”


9 thoughts on “Code red for agriculture in Tuscany

  1. All this CO2 tax mumbojumbo dollars should be spent on genetic engineering of hardy crops able to withstand a good freeze up.

      • Yea, lets all starve to death instead. Those evil guys have really hurt farmers and people that eat by trippleing their yeild! Damn them any way!

        • No need to starve. Heirlooms grow great in hydroponics. I don’t buy organic, I do use pesticide on my own garden I am not all natural. However I find genetically modified foods to be unsettling. It took momma nature Hundreds of thousands of years to come up with those genomes. The hubris of us to think that we can do better in only a few short years is breath taking
          . There is always the law of uninteded consequence too.

        • go do some NON monsanto pr spin research!
          the yield claims are bullshit.
          the cost of the seed and heavy chem fertiliser and pesticides etc etc negate any so called benefit.
          the world HAS cold and short season crops, the biggest risk to people Getting them is the big agris who now have a hold ON the seed in svalbaard.

          re the frozen crops..if? they can manage to collect any for some of the veg it would be a matter of Keeping them frozen to enable some use of them. pick and keep IN snow . natures prefrozen veg, root crops also would be viable if gotten out as soon as humanly possible, as soils soften and cooked up.
          grains etc can be dried in small amounts at least direct from frozen state. wont be fit for baked goods but ok for stews etc.
          fruit trees will be killed as will vines as the outer bark wont be able to keep the growing layer protected during long freezes. stone fruits and citrus will be lost, olives too I would think.
          now Italys bankrupt and in deep sh*t already, imagine the ongoing cost after this?
          this could be the incident that really topples the crazy EU once and for all.
          may have an UPside in a weird way.

          • Laurel, I was raised on a farm, since the early 60’s, and no it is not b.s. When my father started farming in the 50’s after Korea, 40 bushel to the acre corn on dryland was good here, and deep wells just started to hit the scene. The same land no produces 150-180 bushels to the acre and irrigated land, “good” , produces 230-300 bushels per acre. The short season corn is a hybred. In the 70’s we had to disc the ground twice, plant and cultivate 2-3 times, for 5-7 trips over the same field. This creates alot of compaction, and looses alot of soil moisture. In addition to that, add up the fuel costs for the extra trips and extra irrigation, the cost of the seed, while very expensive more than makes up for what it costs. Now with Roundup ready corn, you shred the stocks, fertilize, plant and you don’t drive in the field until harvest. To think we could go back to 50’s technology and farming practices, is nothing short of pure ignorance.

  2. Even most heirlooms are genetically “modified” – ever since the time of Mendel people have been breeding and changing our food in some ways – and that is what genetic modification IS. If you hate modified food then, for sure, don’t use canola oil – aka rapseed oil as it used to be poison and was only used in machines. All of our cattle, sheep, pigs, horses, dogs and cats have been genetically modified as well. We have very few “natural” domestic plants or animals.
    What you need to watch for is what modifications are planned and carried out – the people who are burning fields of merely cross-bred trees and vegetables are doing us no service.

    • I guess what I and most people object to is not cross breeding or selective breeding or things like that. Its the grafting togther of genetic material from disperate speciecs. Its something that cannot happen in nature and is to say the least unsettling. Perhaps its just admitted ignorance on my part but it seems intuitively wrong and I really don’t see a difference in the quality of the produce.
      Tuscanny is a little part of Italy and an even smaller part of Europe. Italy isn’t even one of the top 15 grain procducers in the world. Things are going to be okay. This year.

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