Community Letters

RE: US Sailing Releases Statement About Ukraine (March 4-18)

The war in Ukraine must be stopped by an international coalition NOW to prevent a global catastrophe. Ukraine and Russia are the two worst countries in the world to be at war from a global food standpoint. Together they are more than 24 % of the world’s wheat, and much more than half of sunflower and safflower oil production, and enormous amounts of the fertilizer required for crop yields worldwide (1). Moreover, Russia and Ukraine cannot ship wheat due to sanctions or blockade. Critical planting season is approaching for what is or may soon be a war zone. This is coming on top of exceptional to extreme droughts in California, in the US grain belt (2), crop failure due to too much rain in Canada’s grain belt, and reports that China’s winter wheat crop will be the worst in history. Unless this war is put to a stop now, a man-made catastrophe with unforeseen knock-on effects is coming for the world.

Marc Andelman

 

RE: Southern California Calendar Events (March 4-18)

Thank you. I have been a reader since before the web.

Rock Kendall

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