5 Favorite Foods Threatened by Climate Change

Jess Baker
Published: April 26, 2013


Wine Grapes in Greece

Wine Grapes in Greece

By 2050, climate change will shrink by as much as 73 percent the current area suitable for wine grape growing around the world, according to a study by Conservation International. In this photo, wine grapes grow in a vineyard in Greece. (© Nick Allen, via Conservation International)

  • Wine Grapes in Greece
  • Capri Vineyard
  • Portugal Vineyard
  • Tanzania
  • Rice Crops in Tanzania
  • Vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Ethiopia
  • Chiapas, Mexico
  • Vineyard in Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Udzungwa National Park, Tanzania

You just read about the threat to pasta. Now we add insult to injury, because the wine you serve with your Italian dinners are also on the short list.

In a 2013 report, a team of researchers from around the world found regions we rely on for popular wine production could shrink by 73 percent by 2050.

"Wine really helps highlight the adaptation race between agriculture and wildlife in the future," Rebecca Shaw, the study's co-author, told in a recent interview. "Both are sensitive to climate, both will need to change position on the planet in response to climate in order to stay productive.

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