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SDDDC· Ten Lessons | Lesson 1. Safeguard the food chain

2020-12-3 9:23:47 Comments:0 Views:89 category:SDDDC News

"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world." by J.R.R. Tolkien


It has been proven that in times of disasters, disruptions or wars, the supply of food and water is always of vital importance. When Napoleon wanted to conquer Russia in the nineteenth century, he realised that feeding a huge army during the winter would be crucial to win the battle. He organised a competition for the best solutions to make food available for his soldiers at all times. This actually led to the invention of the tin food can. The concept has not changed very much over the past centuries, although we do not use led any longer as a sealant for the cans. Some even say that Napoleon lost the war due to led poisoning among his soldiers, although according to other theories it was the cold and lack of morale. The point we want to make here is that securing the availability of food and water is of really great importance. The choice between dying from hunger and the risk of being infected by corona is not difficult to make. In large parts of Africa and South Amerika as well as in some other countries, people have enough food for just one day. They spend all day getting their portion of food for that same day. When some countries announced a lockdown, millions of people in Africa left the cities and went to the countryside, usually the villages they originally came from. This exodus, often by public transport or by foot, created another threat of infection and spreading of the virus itself.