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Soils of war: The toxic legacy for Ukraine's breadbasket

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By Rod Nickel

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There will be a long term consequence for the food security of Europe as a consequence of the war. I am surprised that Europe and the West takes food security so lightly when it's considered to be such a basic tenant of governance in the East.

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This war has far reaching consequences, for every sector, energy security, but quite rightly, to quote....

Sufficient safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.

Ukraine is the 'breadbasket of Europe'.

Putin must be held accountable, if only European leaders questioned the logic to trust a KGB tyrant with the future of European energy and food security.

Heck, to late now.

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“imagine there is no country…”

Yes, imagine there is no country. No Russia. No US. What US does, does not justify Putin's actions, just like Russia does not justify US's action (or inactions?).

For being a terrible war, the images posted by media do not look that terrible. I know people might react to to strong images, but we need more facts and evidence about this war.

So, how does the destruction of the Ukrainian fields fit into the whole picture? Are we going to demand that Russia provides an equal amount of fertile soil? What plans do we have to make up for the food crisis?

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The Russian Government had Europe at its feet.

Energy Fact Sheet: Why does Russian oil and gas matter?

https://www.iea.org/articles/energy-fact-sheet-why-does-russian-oil-and-gas-matter

Putin could have embraced a positive market superiority.

Predominant with the Angela Merkel 2005 to 2021 dominance.

However Europe has been plunged into a prolonged war of attrition.

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Vladimort has a lot to answer for.

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And then regardless the whole globe wants and buys megatons of such arsenic and mercury loaded food components? I wonder who is more crazy, those two war nations or the watching rest. My advice stands, end that war immediately with whatever necessary means. It’s better for all of you, even if not much involved and far away.

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What are the necessary means which are acceptable to Ukraine and Russia? Without knowing them, the advice is pointless.

And then regardless the whole globe wants and buys megatons of such arsenic and mercury loaded food components? I wonder who is more crazy, those two war nations or the watching rest. My advice stands, end that war immediately with whatever necessary means. It’s better for all of you, even if not much involved and far away.

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Russia's invasion brings doom to farmers who live off the land

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My understanding of military practice is that minefields and toxic waste tends to be left behind by military forces in forced retreat, not those who are doing a temporary strategic redeployment to wait out bad conditions.

But I'm not an expert, just well informed. Any experts want to weigh in with examples of the opposite?

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We are not paying for this. The Russians can pay for it. The longer it goes on, the more they will pay.

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It is not just the farms. All the shelled and damaged buildings in urban areas probably have lead paint chips/dust and asbestos floating around. The environmental clean-up of Ukraine will be massive.

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