Tag Archives: climate change

New Research Says Chocolate Could Be Extinct by 2050

Source: Grub Street NY

Here’s some climate-change news that President Trump will have trouble ignoring: Earth’s junk food is in danger of losing a crucial ingredient. Scientists now predict that chocolate — which POTUS will sometimes eat to celebrate making important military decisions — could become impossible to grow in the coming …

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BrewDog Trolls Trump on Climate Change With Beer Made From Melted-Ice-Cap Water

Source: Grub Street NY

BrewDog’s goal of being dubbed a “failing, very WEAK business” by a U.S. president on Twitter continues: Following its plans to build a bar across the U.S.–Mexico border in order to make it “more difficult” to erect a wall, the brewery’s skilled Trump trolls today announced Make Earth …

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Climate Change Is Making Plants Less Nutritious

Source: Grub Street NY

Humanity’s food system is under siege by climate change: Coffee and wheat are threatened, droughts could pose a disaster for arable land, and as temperatures rise, agriculture will have to shift north, where the soil quality is much poorer and limits yields. If this sounds like enough agricultural …

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World’s Largest Candy Maker Commits $1 Billion to Fight Climate Change

Source: Grub Street NY

Chocolate titan Mars, maker of dozens of candy bars and owner of Wrigley gum, is pledging to tackle climate with an amount that could cause a double take. A billion of its dollars over the “next few” years are being earmarked for a plan called “Sustainable in a …

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Obama Just Gave a Big Speech on Food Policy

Source: Grub Street NY

President Obama has spent most of his post–White House time low-key chilling, but today he made his first speech to an international audience since exiting the White House, and it was at Seeds & Chips, an annual summit that looks at the intersection of food and …

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Now, California’s Almonds Are Getting Destroyed by Too Much Rain

Source: Grub Street NY

California’s poor produce cannot catch a break. Just months ago, severe drought had wine grapes withering on the vine, and Americans were worried they’d eaten their last avocado. But now? Record rainfall is killing the state’s almonds and salad greens, two foods …

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Get Ready for a Maple-Syrup Shortage

Source: Grub Street NY

February’s heat wave has tricked America’s crops into thinking it’s spring — there are confused blueberries growing in Michigan, and peaches surfacing in Kentucky. But not all crops cope so well with weird weather, and one of those at risk, thanks to the crazy temperatures, is

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Now Climate Change Is Destroying California’s Pistachio and Almond Trees

Source: Grub Street NY

Watch out, pistachio and almond lovers — climate change is coming for your nuts. Literally almost all of both in America (99 percent for pistachios, 100 percent for almonds) are grown in California because of the state’s near-perfect weather for the trees. Now, though, …

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Bad Weather Now Set on Ruining Even Cheap Coffee

Source: Grub Street NY

If your morning cup of joe is of the Folgers or Maxwell House variety, better prepare for the price to start climbing Starbucks–ward. (Don’t worry — quality will remain exactly the same.) Bloomberg reports that futures are “on a tear” for robusta beans, the type used in instant …

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Climate Change Could Mean the End of Fish and Chips

Source: Grub Street NY

Warming waters might mean the end of fish and chips as we know it in the United Kingdom. The fish traditionally used for the dish — species like cod, flounder, and haddock — are moving north as water temperatures rise in the North Sea. Moving in are warmwater …

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Is Kernza the Magical Grain That Will Save Us All?

Source: Grub Street NY

America’s favorite fleecewear outfitter, Patagonia, has released a beer to help stop climate change. The newest product by its jerky-and-granola “provisions” side business, Long Root Ale has a “distinct flavor profile” that comes from Kernza, a trendy new grain invented by a bunch of PhDs at …

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Maine’s Lobsters Could Go Extinct in 85 Years Because of Global Warming

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s been a full three weeks since the last round of dire seafood-related news, so to shake everyone out of their complacency, a new study by University of Maine scientists has dropped the bomb that rising ocean temperatures are such a problem for baby lobsters that …

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France Says Au Revoir to Plastic Forks and Plates

Source: Grub Street NY

Picnics in Paris will never be the same: In a bid to battle climate change, France will ban the use of plastic cutlery and tableware if they’re not made from biological materials. The move is part of an initiative called the Energy Transition for Green Growth, and the …

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Is the World’s Wheat Crop Doomed?

Source: Grub Street NY

Another week, another study about how climate change will wreak havoc on a vital crop. The latest bit of research to enter this increasingly crowded field, published today by Nature Climate Change, deals with how climate change and, more specifically, rising temperatures could affect wheat production. The skinny? …

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New Report Says Climate Change Will Devastate Major Coffee-Growing Regions in the Next 40 Years

Source: Grub Street NY

Climate change will wreak havoc on the coffee industry: In this century, it will reduce the land fit for coffee production by half, impacting the livelihoods of 120 million of the world’s poorest people. This is according to a report by the Climate Institute, commissioned by Fairtrade Australia and New …

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Morning Notes

Source: ARLnow

Power Outage at Courthouse Metro Station — A power outage has been reported at the Courthouse Metro station. The outage turned off most of the lights and trapped some customers in the station’s elevator, according to Twitter accounts. The station is said to now be operating on emergency power. [Twitter, Twitter]

Interview with John Vihstadt — Washingtonian has published a Q&A with Arlington County Board member John Vihstadt. During the interview, Vihstadt said of county government: “by and large, it’s well managed.” Before he was elected, however, Vihstadt said the county was in danger of losing its way. “There ...

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Listage: Why Food Festivals Are Revolting; CowCam Is Live

Source: Eater Philly

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· What the World Eats [Nat Geo]
· Why Food Festivals Are Revolting [Slate]
· Who Made That Cocktail Shaker? [NYT]
· A Scientific Approach to Recipe Development [Forbes]
· IBM’s Watson Makes a Mean Cocktail [Gizmodo]
· The Next Big Thing in Fancy Food [Atlantic]
· How Restaurants Can Save the Planet [-EN-]
· Why Americans Are Eating More Butter [NPR]
· The Official ModFarm CowCam [ModFarm]
· 3 Restaurants Raising Funds for Charity [Philly.com]
· Review: Townsend Is Cooking Up a Gallic Storm [PW]

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Wonkblog: How climate change is affecting the world’s biggest food company

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Food is a necessity, but it’s also a big business.

That duality has often pitted consumers against the powerful food corporations that farm, produce, and ultimately feed large swaths of the global population, especially on questions of health and sustainability. But with national diets in this country leading to obesity and diabetes epidemics and global issues around poverty, food waste and climate change, consumers and producers are having new discussions about their relationship to one another.

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Wine: Experiments in birds and leaves

Source: Washington Post Food Section

Sometimes good wine happens by accident or luck. Sometimes it’s inspiration. ­John Forrest of New Zealand’s Forrest wines has had both.

First, the luck. Back in 1996, Forrest noticed that a few rows of grapes were showing signs of bird damage earlier than usual, so he directed his crews to string bird netting along the vines. Not long afterward, the grape clusters developed signs of rot. Forrest realized that the netting had been used the previous year to protect grapes harvested late for his dessert wine, an unctuously sweet Riesling made from grapes shriveled by botrytis — the “noble rot” ...

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Washington food events: Restaurant week, wine tastings and more

Source: Washington Post Food Section

JAN. 15

D.C. RESTAURANT WEEK: Through Sunday, more than 200 Washington area restaurants offer a three-course lunch for $20.14 and/or a three-course dinner for $35.14. www.ramw.org/restaurantweek.

JAN. 17

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Unearthed: Where supporters and opponents agree on GMOs

Source: Washington Post Food Section

When it comes to genetically modified foods, you don’t have to look hard to find issues that supporters and opponents disagree on. After all, they’re supporters and opponents; they’re supposed to disagree. But does that mean they have to disagree about everything? 

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