Global Warming and Food
The way Stephen Colbert feels about bears, I feel about bees. HATE them! Nice way to ruin a picnic or a lovely time at an outdoor cafe. I've never been stung, but freak at the thought.
However, unlike bears, bees provide something very tangible and valuable to my life. I like honey very much.
die-off of honey bees reported today linked to global warming? There have been lots of studies on the impact of warmer temperatures and rising ocean levels on agriculture, but not on specific foods. At least I can't find any such studies. Anyone?
Local wine makers are thinking of replacing the Pinot Noir grapes with something else, given the warming and drying trend. God, I hope it's not Chardonnay. Oregon has some of the best Pinot Noir in the world, but in the future? Depressing.
We should just do a survey of our farmers, and I mean, local, organic small production farmers who haven't been tinkering with nature's formula like agri-business likes to do, and ask them what they are seeing. I bet we'd get some interesting observations.
Last week I had dinner at Navarre and spoke with the owner, who mentioned the effect the warmer weather is having on vegetables. He produced a plate of a braised green vegetable that I thought was a new one for me. Nay, it was just a local broccoli that had "freaked out" and shot out florets bigger and faster than usual. It was super sweet and reminded me of a Chinese green.
If this is one example, there must be others. And we should be able to paint a picture of what we'll be eating and drinking in the next generation...and what we won't.