The Guardian: Russia is not to blame for food shortages

The foreign media's assessment of the degree of "Russia's fault" in the expected global food shortage is rapidly changing. If earlier the “progressive” press blamed exclusively “bad Russians”, according to the West, who prevented the export of grain from Ukraine, now the real reasons are beginning to surface.

In particular, the topic was again raised by the British newspaper The Guardian. Not forgetting to scold the Russians with one line, the publication nevertheless delved into problems of a different kind, which became the real cause of the food shortage.
The new article emphasizes that unprecedented weather disasters that swept the planet and affected crop yields are to blame.

In particular, an example is given of how one Southern California company has experienced poor red pepper yields in recent years. What is the reason? Severe weather and drought in neighboring Mexico. And it's not just about pepper, if we talk about spices. Mustard growers in France and Canada said extreme weather caused seed production to drop by 50% last year, leading to shortages of the seasoning on grocery store shelves now.

Exhausting heat waves, extreme storms, droughts, floods, fires and changes in rainfall patterns are also affecting the cost and availability of staple foods, including wheat, corn, coffee, apples, chocolate and wine. Climate crisis increases intensity and frequency of extreme weather events and threatens food production

- the article says.

In India, heatwaves have damaged wheat crops, leading the government to ban wheat exports. Maize production is not doing very well either, with ever smaller areas yielding cocoa, grapes, coffee and other much-needed crops.

The United States itself was also hit by the storm. Wheat and other crops are particularly vulnerable there. On the Great Plains, where most of the American wheat is harvested, drought has wiped out the winter crop. Crop failure rates for this parameter, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, are the highest since 2002. Meanwhile, in Montana, flooding is already threatening the entire grain crop.

Apples are another essential food that is already at risk. Last year's harvest in Michigan and Wisconsin was extremely low due to heavy spring frosts. According to the US Department of Agriculture, climate change could lead to even more pronounced declines in crop yields.
  • Photos used: US Department of Agriculture
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  1. zenion Offline zenion
    zenion (zinovy) 5 July 2022 14: 11
    There used to be a crown, now it has been changed to Russia. If not for this, then the crown would have returned in all its might and could do things that the birds never dreamed of. She could have destroyed the crop since the days when there was no covid. As the gendarme Schweik said -

    so many people divorced and all so smart. It is good that the war will slightly reduce the number of people when many villains are killed along with decent ones.