Putin may yet reap what he has sown, but Ukraine cannot even grow essential crops

Buckle up folks – Putin’s war on Ukraine is catapulting us into a global food crisis. In the breadbasket of the world, he shells cattle, farms, silos, and warehouses, confiscates tractors to pull his tanks out of the mud, and steals machinery for barricades. In the south, his army commands the peasants in the vast grain fields around the Black Sea: “Go out into the fields to sow? No problem guys. If we see the cars, we’ll shoot you.” The peasants watch the same army tour the theaters of war of rape, torture and what the Ukrainian president calls genocide and know it’s no joke. Still, they go and plant what they can, amid gunfire and grenades.

Sunflower sowing began in less volatile regions to the west, hampered by shortages of gasoline and diesel, as most of Ukraine’s fuel came from the invader and his henchman Belarus; the Black Sea is closed to alternatives. This affects international access to grain. The World Food Program said this week that 4.5 million tons of it “just lay there,” inaccessible and unusable, in occupied ports in Ukraine. Work is in progress on rail alternatives for a European “grain bridge”.

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