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As small farming and ranching operations struggle to bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic and supply-chain disruptions, the federal government is preparing to throw another hurdle their way.
Which quotes the head of virology at the government's Animal and Plant Health Agency (Apha):"Bird flu is on the rise in the UK. Are chickens in the back garden to blame?"
"Uncontrolled" is very much the key word there."The more humans are in contact with birds in an uncontrolled way, the greater is the theoretical risk that people can get infected."
This scare campaign is not new. Three weeks ago an outbreak of salmonella in the US was blamed on people keeping their own chickens. Back in January, when there were barely any bird flu cases to report, The Conversation was already hosting articles claiming...
And calling for a new policy on backyard chickens:Bird flu: domestic chicken keepers could be putting themselves - and others - at risk.
It's pretty easy to see where this is going, isn't it? But why take aim at ordinary people keeping a handful of chickens in their back garden?This is why it will be important in the future for Defra and APHA to provide specific policy for backyard chicken keeping.
Well, partly because they simply want to cut the amount of natural food people eat - most especially meat, but also eggs and other dairy produce. They want people entirely reliant on mega-corporations for their processed cubes of "food".
But they also want people entirely reliant on the state for permission to do...almost everything. And in, some ways, the Covid pandemic narrative was counterproductive in that cause.
One of the unintentional effects of Covid in general and lockdown specifically was re-awakening in people an urge to go their own way. The powers-that-be are keen to reverse that trend.
Unusual heat waves and lack of adequate rainfall have inflicted Italy adversely as the Southern European country has been undergoing its worst kind of drought in recent days. An Italian farm group, Coldiretti stated last week that the drought in Italy has dried up rivers that are vital for irrigation, especially the Po river, thereby endangering almost 3 billion euros (or $3.1 billion) in agriculture. The seasonal harvest is expected to encounter a 30% to 40% loss, Associated Pressreported, citing Copagri, Italy's agricultural producers' association. As the drought amplifies, impacting water supply and agriculture, the chief of the Italian region of Lombardy, Attilio Fontana, has issued a regional state of emergency, Euro Weekly News reported. All inhabitants are asked to use water carefully and only when required, according to the declaration made overnight on June 24.
According to a Euro Weekly News report, Attilio Fontana has signed a decree restricting the usage of drinking water to just essentials and outlaws the use of water for activities like irrigation of soccer and golf courses, washing of cars, parks, and streets.
Water crisis in ItalySince last week, rains have been scarce in the area, driving even the Po, Italy's longest river, to dry up in certain parts and cause Lake Garda's water levels to gradually decline. According to the Euro Weekly News report, the ongoing drought is the worst the country confronted in more than 70 years.
President Fontana of Lombardy further requested the Italian administration to create a control centre to oversee the present water crisis, which is also impacting many other places, while announcing the state of emergency.
Italy's most populated area is the renowned Lombardy, which is home to the fashion capital Milan and has a population of about 10 million. In addition to the limitations on the usage of public water in Milan, the mayor urged the citizens to do their bit by minimising water consumption at home, as per media reports.
While unexpected heat surges and a lack of rain are responsible for the current crisis, Italy is also known for its inefficient water infrastructure. According to the national statistics agency ISTAT, drinking water is mislaid from the distribution systems by 42% annually, largely because of ageing and poorly maintained pipes.
Furthermore, the Italian government's civil protection agency is compiling data from the several national ministries and the impacted areas in order to recommend a more extensive state of emergency. In order to prevent the prospect of water restriction, several policies urging responsible water usage have already been adopted by hundreds of towns and cities throughout the north.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Milan's mayor Giuseppe Sala signed an ordinance shutting off the spigots of public ornamental fountains. While visiting churches, Milan's archbishop prayed for rain as the region of Italy experienced one of its worst droughts in decades, Associated Press reported. The decree, according to Milan Mayor, would switch off ornamental fountains except those that contain plants and animals that require fresh water. Additionally, it prohibits the use of sprinklers on anything but young trees.
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Italy has been hit by the worst drought in the last 70 years, affecting the country's most important river, the Po which is critical for irrigation. The higher than average temperatures combined with greatly reduced rainfall as well as the lack of snow during winter has left the river almost dry which is estimated to be down almost 80% compared to the average.
This is hitting the most active agricultural areas of Northern Italy to the point that one of the farmers association has warned the sector could lose up to 3bn euros in revenue and experience a 30-40% drop in harvest this year. Combined with the increase in energy prices and the reduced availability of fertilisers, this does not bode well for food availability this coming fall and winter.
The drought situation is so dire that the region of Lombardy of which Milan is the capital city has declared a state of emergency a few days after Rome's region of Lazio declared a state of natural emergency, restricting the use of public water for domestic and hygienic purposes only while forbidding its use for activities like gardening and car washing. Some municipalities are even considering water rationing in general which will affect both households and agricultui
I live in Northern Italy. This is the situation we have every summer, it's nothing special. This summer drought is not "the worst in last 70 years"; this is a lie. We have droughts every summer (and rains too; we had a lot of rain just 3 days ago), but every summer media publish "the worst drought in last 70 years", if you know what I mean. Everything has been normal so far: a super hot summer (aren't we supposed to go towards ice age, hm...?), we have plenty of food an everything else.
Yes, you are right that Italy has been faced with droughts, and regions in the past have thought about implementing similar measures to limit the consumption of water. The current situation in that respect doesn't seem much different from previous years although the media describes it as being more widespread than previous ones, especially in the north.I live in Northern Italy. We have droughts like this quite often,so what you published here is an alarmistic, fake news. Here you can see a screenshot from an Italian mainstream newspaper "La Republica" where is written that we had drought like this in 2017 too. It is also written that authorities have been only thinking about restrictions,not done anything. Anyway, for us, these situations aren't uncommon, so I found your post rather alarmistic.
The drought alarm in Italy is not abating. After the first hints that we are once again facing a summer of record heat in the past few days, Coldiretti is now launching a new complaint: never has the water level of the Po River been so low in the last 70 years.
The hydrometric level of Italy's first river at Ponte della Becca, in Pavia, has dropped a good 3.7 metres, a record that has not been recorded for at least 70 years.
Also of concern is the situation of large lakes, such as the Maggiore lake, whose filling level is at 22%, touching its historical minimum. The Como lake basin, on the other hand, is at 25%. The overview presented by Coldiretti is "dramatic", with a 2022 that has seen rainfall almost halved in just six months, with a lack of rain that in some areas has lasted for almost three months and where recourse has been made to water tankers, rationing and restrictive measures for the irrigation of vegetable gardens and orchards.