In addition to the enormous increase in electricity and gas prices, the price explosion has long been noticeable in food, with an average increase of 22.3 percent compared to the previous year. But now these could soon become scarce for another reason: the lack of CO2. In many areas of food production, carbon dioxide is used, among other things, for preserving fresh produce, pouring drinks in the catering industry and much more.
As Telepolis reports, as a result of the gas crisis, only about 30 to 40 percent of the required carbon dioxide is available on the market. However, the existing quantities can only be obtained at enormous prices, which is why the first breweries have had to stop production – because without carbon dioxide, there is no beer, no sparkling water and no lemonade.
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Carbon dioxide is also used in the meat industry to stun animals for slaughter. Accordingly, the Association of the Meat Industry has already warned of supply bottlenecks. The lack of CO2 also leads to problems with the shelf life of products such as cheese, sausage or pre-baked rolls, since carbon dioxide displaces oxygen and ensures that food goes moldy much later. In addition, vegetable farmers are also dependent on the greenhouse gas, which allows fruit and vegetables to ripen faster in greenhouses.
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The original for this article “Cheese, yoghurt and beer shortages feared” comes from chip.de.