It’s Friday afternoon, and that means it’s time for me to give you a little weekend reading from around the web. Here are a few food related items that I thought might interest you.

 

Slate has a piece about a topic I’m seeing discussed more and more recently – how global warming is affecting wine. Something I was unaware of is that the warming climate is a factor in producing wines with a higher alcohol content. And here I thought it was just my tolerance getting weaker in my old age.

The catastrophic events caused -- and that will be caused -- by global warming are certainly far more serious than whether or not we are able to drink the world's best wines. But wine deserves a special look, because grapes are a reliable bellwether for all crops, for all farming. Wine grapes are uniquely sensitive to climatic shifts, and global warming is impacting the wines we drink on an everyday basis. Today, you can literally taste climate change. 
Click here for the full piece.

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Here’s something else I’ve been unaware of – agroforestry. The St. Louis Today reports that in Missouri is a leader in combining farming and forests.

When most people think of farmland, they think of open fields lined with long, neat crop rows. But some farmers and researchers picture something else: trees.

The practice of combining farming and trees, known as agroforestry, has caught the attention of more farmers in recent years. And Missouri, with its ample forests and one of the country's premier agroforestry research centers, is leading the way into the woods. 
Click here for the full story.

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If you live in Maryland, check out the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival this weekend. 20 Maryland wineries will be tasting their wines. Food vendors and crafters and artisans will be there, too. June 5 & 6, 2010, Noon - 6:00 p.m. Terrapin Nature Area Kent Island.

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I know I’ve got at least three more weeks until I can sink my teeth into an ear of Jersey corn, but this slide show we’ve got here on MNN is making me wish it was sooner. Five classic summer corn recipes will make you want corn right now, too.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

Image: Matt Callow

  

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.