why eating more fruits and vegetables is not enough for good health

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It is currently known that plant-based diets, or essentially plant-based dietsThey are the best option in terms of health. In fact, and although it is usually said that animal protein is the best quality in terms of absorption, various studies increasingly advocate incorporating more vegetable proteins to the diet in exchange for animal protein, which in turn would reduce the consumption of meat in exchange for vegetables.

On the other hand, there is currently a very common confusion around plant-based diets, as if the mere eating more fruits and vegetables, among other foods, was a protective factor by itself independently of the rest of the diet. But things are not so easy, as a new work presented at the Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology, together with the World Congress of Cardiology, recalls: to enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet avoid unhealthy foodsOtherwise, the health effects of this type of diet are nil.

Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular, in their different varieties. However, the health benefits of these diets not only depend on their plant richness, but from the specific foods consumed: if it is based on too many processed or ultra-processed, such as pastries, processed grains or juices, the health benefits will be non-existent.

This is suggested by the results of the study led by Demosthenes Panagiotakos, professor of biostatistics, research methods and epidemiology at the Harokopio University of Athens (Greece). According to Panagiotakos, suggest in a simplistic way the consumption of a plant-based diet, or even a vegetarian diet, would not be enough to reduce cardiovascular risk. It is of utmost importance to focus on specific healthy food groups, and not to take any processed or ultra-processed foods.

A Greek study

To reach such a conclusion, Panagiotakos and his colleagues analyzed the eating behavior and the potential development of cardiovascular disease in more than 2,000 Greek adults from 2002 to 2012. Participants were asked to complete a detailed survey on the frequency with which they consumed various foods at the beginning of the research, after five years , and finally ten years after starting the study.

At the end of the study, the researchers analyzed the relationship between diet and cardiovascular disease using a dietary index that divided the participants into three groups, according to the number of foods of animal origin they consumed per day (including both meats and derivatives, eggs or dairy).

According to their results, men who ate less food of animal origin they had up to 25% less risk of developing cardiovascular disease compared to men who ate more foods of animal origin. A similar relationship was observed in women, but in their case the risk was reduced by only 11% among those who ate the least food of animal origin compared to those who consumed more.

In general, those who consumed the least food of animal origin took up to three foods of animal origin each day, while those who consumed the most foods of animal origin reached five per day. The differences, therefore, were small, but even so, a significant reduction in cardiovascular risk was found, especially if the emphasis was on the consumption of less healthy foods such as processed meats.

The quality of the diet

On the other hand, the researchers also they focused on the quality of the diet, and divided the participants who followed a more plant-based diet (those who only ate three foods of animal origin, at most, each day), and classified them according to how healthy their diet was: those who consumed more fruits, vegetables , whole grains, legumes, nuts, oils, tea or coffee were classified as healthier, compared to those that incorporated processed or ultra-processed products in greater quantity, such as juices, sugary drinks, processed grains or pastries, which were classified as less healthy .

In this case, only participants who followed a healthy plant-based diet had a significant reduction in their cardiovascular risk, compared to those who ate more products of animal origin. Those who based their diet on processed and ultra-processed did not benefit.

Likewise, they were also observed Differences between men and women in this case. In general, the men ate three times a day, while the women ate four or five times a day on average. Furthermore, women showed a more dramatic increase in cardiovascular risk if they ate an unhealthy plant-based diet; And, for their part, it was precisely women who obtained the greatest benefits from consuming a healthy plant-based diet.

Finally, it should be noted that the study is not without limitations, given that it was based on surveys of participants on three occasions, without conducting a clinical trial as such. Still, the researchers suggest that in the future nutritional suggestions should be clearer and more specific, both in the type of food to consume and in its portions.


experts explain why obesity “helps” coronavirus

– Has long been known that overweight people have lowered immunity, says head of the Department of endocrinology of the medical faculty Russian national research medical University. N. And. Pirogov Tatiana Demidova. Research and practice show that in these patients increases the risk of atherosclerosis sharply increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure. Increased risk of endocrinological, oncological diseases, joint diseases, psychological disorders.

Epidemic COVID has added another item to the list of high threats to people who are overweight. It turned out that when infected with coronavirus patients with obesity more often require hospitalization, fall into the ICU, on the ventilator (artificial lung ventilation). Alas, is growing and the risk of death.

– If the original messages from China on the most severe cases COVID it was mainly about the older people with severe chronic diseases, according to the latest data from Europe and USA the risk group includes people with obesity – says Tatiana Demidova.


In what diseases most often develop complications due to coronavirus

90% of patients admitted with severe COVID-19 US hospitals, were the following comorbidities:

– hypertension — 49.7%,and

– obesity or 48.3%,

– chronic lung disease — 34,6%,

– diabetes type 2 diabetes was 28.3%,

– cardiovascular disease — 27,8%.

Thus, obesity is second among the States in which CouId be severe.


Visceral adipose tissue, that is, one that is in the abdomen, is, in fact, highly individual body, experts explain. This body affects the immune, endocrine system and metabolism in the body as a whole.

– People who are overweight fat cells are much larger. So, is synthesized in much more of various hormones and inflammatory cells. Among them, including interleukin-6, interleukin-1, tumor necrosis factor, and others, – says Tatiana Demidova. Often in the body, there is a creeping inflammation.

At the same time observed that many viral infections and especially COVID-19 amplify the effects cytokines and lead to the extension of the generalization of inflammation. “It was proved that adipose tissue serves as a reservoir for some viruses, such as influenza, HIV and cytomegalovirus. Also, according to the latest data, it can be activated and coronavirus,” adds Demidov.


Studies have shown one more feature of coronavirus. As it turned out, he is able to spread rapidly in adipose tissue surrounding internal organs – lungs, liver, kidneys, heart, etc. because Of this, developing severe damage to these vital organs and people with excess weight, excess amount of adipose tissue increases the risk of death from multiple organ failure.

There is evidence that such patients are also unable to stay longer carriers of the virus, require longer hospital stay and isolation, said Tatyana Demidova.


There is evidence and that not less than one-third of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in China, European countries and the United States, the infection resulted in damage of the pancreas. This was confirmed by elevated enzymes amylase and lipase, and glucose levels in the blood plasma.

– This is a very disturbing circumstance. Since we talking about high risk of developing diabetes type 2 diabetes in people with the original obesity after recovery from infection, says Dr. Demidov.

It is not excluded that after the break the pace of the epidemic COVID, we will see a worldwide surge in the incidence of diabetes, experts say.

So now, when the opportunity walks, sports, seasonal ripe fruits and vegetables rich in fiber, doctors suggest the obese individuals to exert their maximum effort for getting rid of really dangerous extra pounds.

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The unemployed do not go to the field call to collect

Most of the people who have signed up to the lists opened by the Government are illegal immigrants

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Several agricultural workers collect potatoes on a farm in the Murcia countryside.

Fieldyou are already encountering various problems in the fruit harvesting campaignof bone that has already started in some regions of Spain. They had been denouncing the lack of work for the harvesting of the fruit for weeks, a problem that, despite the measures approved by the Government to alleviate it, has not been fully resolved, since the majority of people who have signed up are illegal immigrants.

In addition, in the areas where harvesting has already started, farmers report that speculative practices are taking place, andcontracts are not being made or the purchase prices of the product are not being established, as required by law.

A few weeks ago, the Government itself acknowledged that around 150,000 people were missing to cover the collection campaign, which has already started in Murcia and Andalusia and is now beginning in Aragn, La Rioja and Catalua.

The Executiveapproved a package of measures to mobilize the unemployedand that they could work in the field without losing their unemployment. But the problem, they explain from Coag, is that most of these workers are illegal immigrants.

Seasonal transfer

Unemployed and immigrants to collect crops

From UPA they relativize the problem and explain that the temporeras, the majority of whom are Moroccans, are being mobilized, who picked up the strawberry and are diverting them to carry out other campaigns.Agrarian associations are collecting job applications and forwarding them to farmers who demand labor.

According to Coag, there is still no personal need. They ask that the movement of workers from one community to another be made more flexible, despite the state of alarm. The ministry does allow mobility but between nearby towns. The problem is that with the borders closed, many workers from other countries who come to Spain with an employment contract to do the pick-up, can no longer do so.

To this is added another problem. From Coag they denounce, like UPA, that “they are not making contracts with farmers or fixing prices.” The food chain law (which was passed just two months ago)forces intermediaries who buy fruit or any other agri-food product to make contractsto farmers or ranchers. This contract must reflect the price they pay for the merchandise.


However, as the organizations denounce, “it is not being followed, and the fruit is being delivered ‘as a result'”. That is to say: the farmers deliver the product but they are paid a posteriori, and “they don’t know when or how much they are going to charge.”

“It is reverting to speculative practices, trying to start with low prices. Or without setting a price, and then pay what is on the market.If you do not want to lose what you have collected, you have to enter through the ring, because they are perishable products that you cannot storeand you have to get it out as soon as you pick it up, “they point out from Coag.

To this is added thatthere is 15% less production than last year and that household consumption has increased,Despite the fact that in the hospitality industry, as bars and restaurants are closed, less demand is being made. Normally the producer sells the fruit to purchasing centers (they act as intermediaries), to the supermarket chains (with whom they already have agreed agreements) or to wholesalers who go to the markets (Mercabarna, Mercamadrid …) and sell, in turn , to the fruit bowls.

The costs for this collection will grow by 30%,Therefore, in the handling process, which is when the fruit that is not of sufficient quality is discarded and packed in bags or trays, these costs have increased due to the security measures that have had to be implemented to prevent contagion from coronavirus. These costs “either pass on to the final price to the consumer or are borne by the producer or shared among them a little,” they point out from Coag.

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Pedro Snchez and Pablo Casado agree to negotiate in a commission in Congress the reconstruction of Spain by Covid-19

The meeting between the Prime Minister, Pedro Snchez, and the head of the opposition, Pablo Casado, held on Monday morning by videoconference has paid off.

Snchez has accepted the PP’s proposal to convert its reconstruction table into a newly created parliamentary committee to achieve that thepopularagree to participate. Moncloa assures that the chief executive “what matters is the contents” and that he considers the idea of ​​a commission to rebuild Spain economically and socially “positive”.

The draft on its operation that the Executive has put on the table foresees that it will meet already tomorrow, but now, with this change in format, everything must be negotiated. A government spokeswoman and Finance Minister, Mara Jess Montero, has assured in an appearance this afternoon that it will be Congress who determines it, both the operating formula and the work schedule. Montero has asked that the first meeting be held “as soon as possible”.

Although the proceedings of the meeting between Snchez and Casado did not invite to think of a rapprochement, both due to the null dialogue between the two and the doubts of the PP about the proposal, finally there has been a rapprochement to negotiate the necessary measures to raise the country after the coronavirus crisis.

The PP affirms that if it accepts to participate it is because its request that it be a parliamentary committee has been heard. Gnova sources indicate that “we ask for commission, neither a table nor a Pact of La Moncloa”. “The PP put his shoulder to the Parliament, which is where it should be”, they add.

In a press conference after the meeting, Casado said that creating a commission is the most appropriate, since “the commissions vote initiative by initiative.”

Married: “Some alleged pacts without a paper”

“The parliamentary system regulates all that. There will be agreements and there will be disagreements, and we will have to go measure by measure, and not mutualise errors and negotiate a government program deferred,” which is, in his opinion, what Snchez wanted.

“If he has already decided on his Government partners, and that Government is so united … he cannot pretend that we sit at an extra-parliamentary table in which the majority of the members are from that Government and try to reach an agreement leading to approve the Budgets “, has been the exgesis of the head of the opposition, who has added one more criticism to the format proposed by Snchez:” We have been talking about two or three alleged pacts without a paper.

The PP wants that this commission “can also be opened to the social agents and the experts”. “And that the proposals can be approved or raised to the plenary, and that there be parliamentary effectiveness, not just proposals,” added Casado.

In his opinion, in that commission it will be “essential” to propose a general lowering of taxes – “either there is flexibility or we will not get out of the crisis” – and “shock plans for commerce, tourism, industry and the export sector”.

The PP president, Pablo Casado, this Monday, in the telematic meeting with the Prime Minister.

“We have already made our state pact”, has defended the PP president. “Because we have supported the state of alarm with the most drastic measures of our democracy,” he explained. And it is something “that not all the oppositions of the countries around us have maintained,” he stressed.

But it has made three “demands to approve the extension” of the state of alarm. The first, “guarantee urgent medical supplies, and massive tests.” The second, a package of extraordinary measures to support the self-employed, SMEs and workers affected by ERTEs. The third, “that the transparency portal be restored” and that the “neutrality” of TVE and the State Security Corps be guaranteed.

The Moncloa documentation

The documentation prepared by Moncloa indicates that Snchez will preside over the first meeting and those that he later deems appropriate, and the same will happen with the four executive vice presidents, whose participation is left open.

Being the first vice president, Carmen Calvo, who will coordinate the work and direct the meetings in Snchez’s absence. All political formations will be represented at the table, but in a proportion according to their parliamentary representation: the PSOE may have up to seven deputies; the PP, six; Vox, five; We can, four; ERC, three; JxCat and PNV, two; and the rest of the forces, one.

Although initially Vox, together with the CUP, had been excluded, with this new commission format those of Santiago Abascal are willing to join.

Four working groups

The Government proposes that there be four different working groups. One on economic reactivation, recovery of the activity and situation of the most affected sectors, but it can also include education, science or research or “any other subject agreed”.

A second on the welfare state, social policies and care systems. A third on sanitation, public health and preparing for future pandemics. And a room on Europe, solidarity and unity of action.

The initial idea is for each group to have a minister acting as coordinator and an assistant coordinator chosen from among its members by agreement. Each group will agree on a work plan compatible with the general planning and there will be some final conclusions.

The calendar proposed by Moncloa is that these meetings take place throughout the month of May and that theJune 1is the deadline to submit an opinion to the general table. During June all the measures will be debated and the first fortnight of July is the date scheduled to sign the “inter-institutional” agreement, since in parallel it will also be negotiated with the autonomous communities and the municipalities.

In fact, Snchez continue to convene theregional presidents conferenceto receive their contributions and to arbitrate the agreements that are adopted. In parallel, meetings with employers and unions will also be held. Everything that derives from the social dialogue can be added to the table for economic and social reconstruction.

With the agreement between the Prime Minister and Casado, to turn the table into a parliamentary committee, this whole scheme is now up in the air. Everything is open to the considerations of the parliamentary groups.

Vox leaves its assistance in the air

The change in the format of the forum and its transfer to Congress somehow opens the door to Vox’s participation, however, the party’s official position is right now to completely leave its attendance at said commission completely on the air, reportslvaro Carvajal.

It is true that Vox participates “in principle” in all the parliamentary committees that are created in the Chamber, but this time you want to wait before speaking, because you want to study first what type of commission you want to form and with what specific objectives. On whether or not their participation depends, stress official sources.

“The commissions are not created by Moncloa, they are created by Parliament, there will have to be a debate on the creation of the commission. We will see what the meaning of our vote is, depending on what it intends,” they say. And if it is created, “we’ll see if we participate”.

That is, of doing so, the position to be defended is the demand for the resignation of Pedro Snchez and Pablo Iglesias, and the configuration of a government of “national emergency”.

Abascal: “Dialogue in Congress”

In a previous press conference, Santiago Abascal had delimited any possibility of dialogue with Snchez for it to take place in Parliament. “We are going to continue to refuse a dialogue with this government outside of democratic institutions or outside of Congress,” he said.

“It must take place not through telephone conversations, conferences or bilateral meetings with all kinds of interlocutors, but must take place in the Congress of Deputies, which is where the politicians speak so that a political dialogue can be established.” Only there Vox maintains the dialogue with the Executive, “from the commissions and from the speakers’ gallery.”

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Let’s eat life against the Covid-19: the dessert that gives you the banana

Admittedly, we are unfair with the banana. Most of the time you buy it without conviction. A bit like an eternal ammunition for food cravings, just in case. Often, the banana does not age well in the fruit bowl, softens like an old sock with a chimney sweep when it turns black.

Old legend

The teenager convinces him without conviction in an annoyed sigh when he wants to stall the frill, in the absence of other sweet provisions. However, there was a distant time when we feasted on fried bananas while rambling on an old family legend about the discovery of the banana by his great-grandfather. Wounded during the great butcher’s shop of 14-18, he was sent to convalesce at the Carcassonne hospital where he discovered an unknown, yellow and curved fruit: the banana. Her roommates spit it out in disgust after gobbling it up with the skin. His great-grandfather had peeled his banana while watching “a Parisian” as he said laughing.

Trish Deseine

It can never be said enough how bectance is a thread that allows life stories to unfold. So the other day, we went back to sautéed bananas with the delicious recipe from one of our favorite culinary authors: Trish Deseine. In his book A hint of sugar (1), she concocted 90 desserts “To discover sugars differently” : its cookies, granolas, ice creams and other fudges allow you to revisit raw, natural, unrefined or unrefined sugars.

The previous recipeBeef terrine by Nicolas Vérot

For its “fried bananas with raw sugar and Greek yogurt” (2 people), you will need: 2 bananas that are not too ripe; 50 g of butter; 50 g of raw sugar (muscovado, rapadura, jaggery, molasses sugar, etc.); the juice of half a lemon and 150 g of Greek yogurt.

Heat the butter in a cast iron or non-stick pan. Cut the bananas in half lengthwise and put them in the pan.

Sprinkle with half the raw sugar, add the lemon juice and turn the bananas after two minutes. Add the rest of the sugar, then serve, scraping the pan well, to collect the caramelized juice.

Serve with Greek yogurt.

(1) A hint of sugar, 90 gourmet recipes to discover sugars differently by Trish Deseine. Photographs by Virginie Garnier (Editions de La Martinière, 2019, 24.90 euros).

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Growing fruit on balcony and terrace NDR.de – Guide

As of April 20, 2020 10:09 a.m.

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Fruit plants can be used as decoration: strawberries in the hanging basket.

Not everyone has a large garden in which he has fruit trees and lush ones Can plant berry bushes. However, if you have a terrace or balcony, you don’t have to do without home-grown fruit. Because many types also grow in buckets. This should have a diameter of at least 20 centimeters. A container with a capacity of around 50 liters is ideal. The widest possible balcony box is also suitable as a container. Important: buckets or boxes must have a hole so that excess water can drain off.

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Column fruit is well suited for balconies and patios

Many types of fruit are suitable for the bucket, for example cherry, gooseberry, Apple, blackberry, raspberry, currant and kiwi. It is important that the plants – ideally nursery goods – are well rooted and free of weeds. So-called columnar fruit is ideal. These are weakly grown strains that grow rather narrow in height.

Pay attention to self-fertile varieties

When buying fruit trees, make sure that they are self-fertile. This means that they do not need a second tree of another variety nearby for fertilization to be able to produce fruit. The location should be as sunny as possible so that the fruits ripen well.

This is what matters when planting

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The processing station may not be planted.

First pour a drainage layer into the bottom of the planter and then fill the soil with fertilizer, such as horn shavings. The substrate should be as permeable as possible. Before planting, water the bale of the plant sufficiently and, when planting, also make sure that, for example, apple and cherry are not covered with soil. The best planting time for most fruit trees and berry bushes is autumn, but you can also plant them in spring.

Choose special blueberry and strawberry varieties

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Many multi-bearing strawberry varieties have pretty flowers.

Blueberries need acidic soil in order to thrive properly, they must not be planted in normal garden soil. A special earth is best suited for Rhododendron. Modern American varieties, cultivated blueberries, are ideal for growing in a bucket. If you would like to plant strawberries, you can opt for multi-bearing varieties that will be on sale in spring. They bear fewer or smaller fruits compared to classic strawberries, but they bloom two to three times a year. It is also possible to plant different types of fruit in a bucket, for example climbing strawberries on the edge of a cherry.

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Aldi boss with a clear corona announcement to customers before Easter

Aldi boss with a clear corona announcement to customers before Easter: “We will not …”

The head of Germany from Aldi-Nord has important information for customers (icon image).

The head of Germany from Aldi-Nord has important information for customers (icon image).

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Like all supermarkets in Germany, it also fits Aldi because of Corona. Before Easter, Nicolás de Lope, responsible for Aldi Nord’s Germany business, spoke to the RTL / ntv editorial team about the situation of the supermarket chain in the Corona crisis.

The 50-year-old Spaniard took in the difficult conditions for the procurement of food for Aldi-Market position – and also at expected bottlenecks.

Aldi in the Corona crisis: boss tries to calm down

Regarding possible delivery problems, he said: “We will not have any delivery problems if you see the full range of fruits and vegetables. But it is the case that in the context of the crisis, delivery and procurement processes have to be adjusted at short notice. ”

It could be that certain fruit and vegetable items that you normally buy from Spain at this time now have to be brought from Germany – or vice versa. “We have to drive here on sight. But that has no impact on the overall availability of fruit and vegetables. ”

Aldi cannot complain about missing paragraph

For Aldi Nord there are also positive things to report in the current crisis: “It is true that we are driving higher sales. Logically, because you have to consider that no one is on vacation, that there is almost no consumption outside the home. In this respect, the demand for goods is currently very high. “

But according to de Lope, the high demand for goods is also offset by very high costs: costs in procurement, for the adjustment of delivery and logistics processes, but also through security and hygiene measures in the markets. “That means, how the entire crisis will affect us and our operating results, we will have to finally evaluate.”


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As regards the possible rise in food prices, the Aldi boss said: “How high the impact of the crisis on raw material and purchase prices will be cannot be assessed today. As Aldi and a large company, we are also not independent of raw material prices on the world markets, but it is too early to judge. ”

Regarding the Easter business, de Lope said: “This year we asked our customers to do their Easter shopping as soon as possible or spread it out over the Easter days so that there weren’t too many people in the markets at the same time on Maundy Thursday or Easter Saturday.” How good that had been successful, it would only be possible to assess it at the end of next week.

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He also hopes for understanding – for the fact that “that our customers understand that we did not extend our opening hours nationwide on Easter days because we need these days so that our employees can relax and the organization can regenerate itself.” )


Harvest workers are missing – fear of gaps in the supply of fruit

Berlin Ulrich Benedix can hardly save himself from work. Because people are currently more at home, they also buy more regionally produced meat, the managing director of the agricultural multi-family business Agro Saarmund believes. The company sells its own cattle meat and pork from other factories. Its sales in the corona crisis are 20 percent higher than in “normal” times.

“I’m desperately looking for employees,” says Benedix, who has been running the company since last summer. “No chance.” He is glad that only a handful of Poles and Ukrainians who cut meat for him have stayed at home. Otherwise the work would be even less possible.

Many farmers across Germany are currently like Benedix. Hurry is called for. In the next few days, many will have to make a final decision about which types of fruit and vegetables will be grown. The asparagus harvest has also started. In this situation, the entry ban imposed by the federal government for foreign seasonal workers fruit, vegetable or wine growers, but also animal keepers and slaughterhouses is hard hit.

“We need our experienced and proven seasonal workers from Eastern Europe who have been coming to us for many years,” farmers’ president Joachim Rukwied told Handelsblatt. “They are experienced employees. You can’t replace it overnight. It won’t work without them. “The entry stop must be kept as short as possible, Rukwied demands and promises:” Our companies are ready to implement and implement all measures to protect against infection in order to protect their employees. “

Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner (CDU) also made it clear on Wednesday that it would not work without seasonal workers and harvest workers from abroad. That is why she is in conversation with Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU), she said in the ARD morning magazine. “We have to find a solution, we cannot leave the farmers hanging here,” said Klöckner.

The Working Group on Food and Agriculture of the Union’s parliamentary group addressed a fire letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and demanded that the entry restrictions for seasonal workers from Romania and other EU member states be relaxed. The preferred handling of seasonal workers for agriculture recommended by the EU Commission must be implemented immediately in Germany, it says in the letter of the MPs, which is available to the Handelsblatt. “That is why the entry ban for seasonal workers must be lifted immediately.”

EU puts pressure

The EU Commission published guidelines on the free movement of persons of systemic importance on Monday. It calls on Member States to introduce specific procedures to ensure a smooth border crossing for seasonal workers who are urgently needed for planting or harvesting.

The fire brief of the agricultural politicians states that rapid procedures such as fever tests, for which those affected do not have to leave their vehicle, and the establishment of special lanes ensure that seasonal workers can reach their target companies without further contact and without wasting time.

Because it cannot be assumed that helping hands from Germany can do all the agricultural work that is now to be done. Seasonal workers make up almost a third of the agricultural workforce. The employment agencies tried to meet the needs of agriculture, the head of the Federal Employment Agency (BA), Detlef Scheele, emphasized on Tuesday. For example, there is the possibility for short-time workers to find themselves as harvest helpers without the wages being counted towards the short-time allowance.


But Scheele had previously dampened expectations in the Handelsblatt interview that unemployed people could now take over the jobs in agriculture. “It didn’t work before,” said Scheele.

The farmers are thankful for the solidarity and support from the population, said farmers’ representative Rukwied. However, many people apparently only wanted to help out part-time or on individual days of the week. “But harvesting aids is a full-time job. It’s quite a hurdle, ”said Rukwied. In addition, many of them naturally wanted to return to their actual job as quickly as possible and would then drop out.

Seehofer’s department points out unemployed refugees

The Federal Ministry of the Interior emphasized on Monday that the entry restrictions imposed by seasonal workers do not apply to internal borders with Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia that are free of border controls. The majority of the harvest helpers are Romanians, for whom – just like for Bulgarians – the entry stop applies.

However, Seehofer’s department points out that at the end of February there were 156,000 registered refugees registered as unemployed in Germany. A further 264,000 persons entitled to protection still take part in integration courses or other support measures, but could also be deployed at least temporarily. And even as yet asylum seekers who are not yet recognized can be given an employment permit under certain conditions.

However, the farmers hope that they will be able to use the proven forces from Eastern and South Eastern Europe as quickly as possible. President Rukwied does not consider the supply of basic foodstuffs such as bread, meat, potatoes and milk to be at risk. However, there may be gaps in supply and failures in various crops in the fruit and vegetable sector. “This shortage will also have an impact on the price.”

Also the CEO of the agricultural group Baywa, Klaus Josef Lutz, called for the borders to be reopened as quickly as possible for seasonal workers from other European countries: Otherwise, the federal government would risk “that entire product chains, especially those for fruit and vegetables, could fail in the coming weeks and months and that comprehensive supply will no longer be guaranteed “.

More: Many seasonal workers from abroad are no longer allowed to enter due to the corona crisis. Asparagus and vegetable growers fear for their harvest and existence.


Apricot harvest “threatens a nationwide total failure” – News

Clinking frost and strong winds are currently causing sleepless nights for Austria’s fruit growers. The outlook is gloomy, especially with cherries and apricots, there is a risk of massive failures.

While the Corona pandemic keeps all of Austria in suspense, a disaster is looming on another front for local fruit growers. A shift in the weather brought after spring feelings in the past week now a drop in temperature. At night, temperatures of minus 5 degrees were recorded from the Danube region to Styria – far too cold for the fruit trees that were already blooming.

The icy north wind also makes the usual countermeasures ineffective. “We are now forced to watch,” complains Apfelbauer Rupert Gsöls from Feldbach (Southeast Styria) to the “Kleine Zeitung”. “It blows too much, so on the one hand heating with candles or mini-stoves is pointless, on the other hand the frosting doesn’t work either.” In Germany, too, the fruit growers currently have to pull out all the stops to protect the delicate flowers, as the video above shows.

“It caught 75 percent of the flowers”

The Styrian apple orchards, at least according to the Chamber of Agriculture’s initial assessment, should have survived the frosty night on Monday reasonably well, as the flowers had not yet opened.

According to Gsöls, the situation is different with stone fruit, in Lower Austria apricots, plums and peaches are already in full bloom. “There is a risk of a nationwide total failure, especially with apricot, because the Wachau is also badly affected by the frost,” says the fruit farmer’s president.

Even at Obsthof Singer in Hartl (Hartberg-Fürstenfeld district), the first frost night does not look good. “It caught 75 percent of the flowers in the early apricot varieties, in the late 30 percent,” Josef Singer is quoted by the “Kleine Zeitung”. “You can’t say anything about apples and pears, you can only see one thing: the cherries were the worst hit.”

More frosty nights

The threat to the harvests of Austrian fruit farmers has not yet been overcome. For the night on Wednesday, frosty temperatures between -8 and -5 degrees in medium locations are forecast again. From Thursday, the lows will slowly rise again, but the zero point will not drop below until Friday night.

Singer, however, is cautiously optimistic: “Nature has often shown that it can still catch up a lot. We hope for that.”

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