Monday, April 26, 2010

In Wine There is Truth

Adaptation planners who know the predicted impacts on the world's food supply and civil conflicts are not losing sleep over possible climate impacts on vintners. However, this article makes an interesting point-- grapes are so sensitive that they can be the canary in the coalmine for climate change. And, vintners are often thinking more long-term than your average for-profit business, since they tend to be handed down for generations.

Grapes of Wrath
Apr 26, 2010
Mark Hertsgaard
Writing for the Atlantic's "Climate Report"

Because wine grapes are extraordinarily sensitive to temperature, the industry amounts to an early-warning system for problems that all food crops -- and all industries -- will confront as global warming intensifies. In vino veritas, the Romans said: In wine there is truth.

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