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The gas shortage caused food problems in Europe

The gas crisis in Europe has hit food, Bloomberg reports.

Rapidly rising electricity prices are reflected in the work of Dutch greenhouses — the largest on the continent. This threatens the supply of vegetables and fruits, as well as flowers.

It is noted that, despite its large size, the Netherlands is the second-largest exporter of food in the world. They managed to achieve this thanks to greenhouses, which occupy an area of about 10 thousand hectares, which is approximately equal to the area of Paris. They grow vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers), flowers (orchids, tulips, and chrysanthemums), etc.

For Europe, the Netherlands is one of the key suppliers of products. In 2020, greenhouse exports amounted to €9.2 billion ($10.7 billion). However, up to 3 billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, or about 8.2% of the total fuel consumption in the country, is used to heat these structures. Some manufacturers have to save on electricity due to high prices.

Earlier it was reported that the price of gas in Europe rose to $1,200 per thousand cubic meters, again updating the historical record. One of the possible reasons could be a decrease in gas pumping through the Yamal-Europe gas pipeline by almost three times, which was recorded on the morning of October 1.

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