“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 www.toscana.coldiretti.it) 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?)
Thanks to geologist Mirco Poletto in Italy for this link
“P.S.” says Mirco. “In Europe body count reached 500.”