Geobotanist: If we follow the recipe of an eco-activist, we can starve

The current pandemic of coronavirus, in addition to its health consequences, has an impact on the economy, not excluding agriculture. It could also cause food shortages. Professor Michal Hejcman from the Faculty of the Environment of the Czech University of Agriculture spoke about this in Rozstel.


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Every day we can watch how the number of new coronaviruses is treated, how the losses of society and the state deepen, and we also talk about the other effects of the pandemic. One area where major problems can arise is food production.

And first this is the area that Professor Michal Hejcman focuses on. He and his colleagues warn that after a further wave of infections, basic foods such as flour, butter or meat could be missing. It appeals to external mass reserves.

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Geobotanist: If we follow the recipe of an eco-activist, we can starve

What is the basis of this recommendation and warning and how have similar pandemics in this area manifested in the past? These and many other questions were answered by a renowned expert on agriculture in our studio, moderator Vladimír Vokl.

Professor Hejcman immediately recalled the year 1816, when the Tambura volcano erupted, when dust spread around the globe in a few weeks and climate change occurred, and as a result, a wave of rain and bad weather swept through Europe. This resulted in a decline in food production and famine.

Lack of agrochemicals caused me to starve

But it doesn’t have to be just such a disaster. At the same time, quarantine measures can be introduced by some chemical plants that produce fertilizers.

The current agricultural production is 60 percent higher on fertilizers, another professor from the Czech University of Agriculture suggests. Such a shortfall would then mean the first 60 percent reduction in cereal production.

According to Hejcman, a similar scene threatened a pandemic, because many of these agrochemicals were produced if these operations were shut down, so a huge problem could arise.

The lack of agrochemicals could in fact cause famine, warns Michal Hejcman in Rozstel.

But it also depends on when such a catastrophe erupts, this pandemic erupted at a time when the peasants had their belongings.

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Hejcman pointed out that the current food supply is not enough. If there were similar disasters as 200 years ago, then it could happen that the states will close their borders and ban food imports.

Hetman two of Israel’s treasure, which now increase food supplies. The Ministry of Health is also preparing the distribution of food in Czech for 15 days. There must also be enough storage capacity.

If the food is not provided, you need to take care of it sm.

Most plants in the Czech Republic, for example, nettles have a strong nutrine value, advice on how to secure food in times of crisis Hejcman. He is even preparing a book for this darkness.

Without artificial fertilizers, we would not be surprised

The expert warns against the fact that organic farming can not provide enough food for the entire human population.

Without mineral fertilizers, ours would be half that of geobotany. At the same time, the fear of chemicals, so-called chemophobia, is thus possible in areas where there is overproduction of food.

Knowledge of food production in the population is according to darkness. The bottom is that agriculture in the Czech Republic is known for industrialization, and still many people work in agriculture. Some students don’t want to come with me to the cows so that they don’t stink, describes the experiences from the university Michal Hejcman.

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