August 14, 2022

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Italy fears for national food

Spaghetti with clams

Drought in Italy: Water scarcity affects clam production

Italy fears its national dish, spaghetti ale vongol. Due to the drought, the sea was deeper and deeper in Italy’s longest river, the Del Delta, where clam production was threatened.

Posted: 10:08 am

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Updated: 33 minutes ago

According to the Goldiretti Farmers’ Association, shellfish production has dropped by 20 percent due to rising water temperatures. An entire sector is at risk due to water scarcity, producing more than 93 million kg of shells and mussels each year.

The association said that in 2022, the rainfall was only half the average of previous years. There is a risk of increasing imports of mussels from abroad, which already account for one-third of consumption. Imports of mussels from abroad have already increased by 50 per cent in the first three months of this year.