Tomatoes, which are very popular with the French, could see an exponential price increase in the coming days due to the war in Ukraine.
This food, which has significant benefits such as reducing high blood pressure thanks to its high potassium content, is commonly cooked in France. Some think it’s a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit.
Tomatoes: An important food in our diet
In sauce, cooked or raw, the tomato populates our refrigerators throughout France. The producers complain: every second tomato is not French. On our territory, no less than 80% of tomato production is grown above ground and therefore requires underfloor heating.
In fact, the temperature fluctuations of the last few months have reduced French production.
Consumers could turn to Spanish producers or other European countries depending on the increase in tomatoes in supermarket bins.
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In France, 80% of tomatoes are grown above ground. In other words, it is the artificial heating that takes over the role of the sun in huge greenhouses. The colder it is, the more the heating should be increased.
A very specific reason for this sudden increase
The war in Ukraine made us reduce our national imports, which are diverse and diverse.
The price of petrol, but also the price of gas, is exploding in France and on the European economic markets; but why could the price of tomatoes increase exponentially in the coming days?
Due to the war in Ukraine, some producers are expecting a boost from large distribution groups and large retailers, particularly on margins.
The price of gas could indeed be approaching 220 euros per megawatt very soon, up from 30 euros previously. A real shock for French producers, who will certainly find it difficult to resist this increase.
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Attention, the price of French tomatoes could increase significantly
The war in Ukraine has had unexpected consequences for the production of certain French fruit and vegetables. This is particularly the case with tomatoes, as reported by our colleagues from Figaro.
Although 95% of the tomatoes produced in France are grown above ground, heating these greenhouses is a problem. In addition to the much-cited environmental impact of allowing tomatoes to be produced all year round, growers are faced with rising energy prices. Because in order to heat these greenhouses, gas must be used.
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But in a year, according to our colleagues, the price of gas has increased tenfold, and the price per megawatt hour is flying away.
A Breton farmer interviewed by TF1 confirms the delay: we planted three months later than usual and stopped harvesting between mid and late September instead of the usual end of October, he said.
His greenhouse, which now has 12 instead of 20 degrees, should already bear fruit.
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Why such a delay? gas prices again. The Breton grower had to wait for spring to start heating its greenhouses. Others, who may not have been able to declare their plantation, have already had to throw away goods. And now supermarket shelves are sometimes empty of French tomatoes, says Le Figaro.
There are tomatoes, but they come from Morocco or Spain. Things have changed for the producer interviewed by TF1, who was hoping to quietly retire into retirement: I’ve been questioning myself a lot for the past four to five months, he admits.
For the 1,200 hectares of French greenhouses, the problem does not only come from Ukraine. The war in Eastern Europe only exacerbated the increasing price increases. While the price per megawatt hour was between 15 and 30 euros for a long time, it rose to 220 euros in February. Today it has leveled off at around 90 euros, but it is still too expensive.
The president of the Breton cooperative Solarenn warns: With the current heating prices, this means that tomorrow we will no longer be growing tomatoes in France. What solution then? According to some gardeners, prices should be multiplied by two or three. At the risk that the French will no longer shop locally.