This is how climate change changes our food

This is how climate change changes our food

A portion of shrinkage fries, or rather an apple with hail damage: drought, severe weather and warm winters affect our food. Can floating farms help?

BG Food Climate Change Frost on the vine (picture-alliance / imageBROKER / M. Szönyi)

The first year without ice wine

Wine lovers now have to be very strong. Not a single winemaker in Germany has brought a bottle of ice wine to the cellar this winter. The reason: it was just too warm. In order to harvest the grapes for the sweet ice wine, the temperature must drop to -7 degrees Celsius at least once. But the German winegrowers have waited in vain for this in the past months.

BG Food Climate Change French fries (Getty Images / AFP / P. Huguen)

Heat wave ensures shorter fries

Help, our fries are shrinking: This message spread during the hot summer of 2018. After months of drought, farmers complained of crop failures of up to 40 percent. The potato farmers were particularly hard hit. The ongoing drought led to the tubers stopping their growth far too early – and the fries turned out to be smaller this year.

BG Food Climate Change Ginger in Austria (Imago Images / Rüdiger Wölk)

The ginger root next door

The ginger that we buy in the supermarket has often had a long journey. It is mostly grown in Asia and South America. But ginger has also been harvested in Austria’s Burgenland for two years. Due to global warming, cultivation now works there too. If you find the way to Austria too far, you can start your own ginger breeding on the windowsill. Works great!

BG Food Climate Change Floating farm in Rotterdam (picture-alliance / AP Photo / M. Corder)

Milk from floating cows

Fortunately, the sea level has not yet risen so rapidly that our dairy cows are lost floating on the North Sea. But in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, the dairy cattle must still be seaworthy. Because the port city is home to the first floating farm in the world. But why do the cows have to go on the water?

BG Food Climate Change Floating farm in Rotterdam (picture-alliance / AP Photo / M. Corder)

The farm of the future

The inventors of the “Floating Farm” are researching ways in which there is enough food for everyone even in times of climate change. Floating farms are said to help provide enough food in the event of a flood. Around 40 cows live on the floating farm in Rotterdam. Your milk is sold directly to the surrounding restaurants and cafés. This saves long transport routes.

BG Food Climate Change Apples with hail damage (Imago Images / S. Hässler)

It’s not just the parsley that is hailed

Not nice and unfortunately not uncommon: More and more farmers are annoyed by hail damage to their fruits and vegetables. The damaged fruit is often no longer available on the market – even though the taste is still completely okay. Since incalculable weather events will not become rarer in the future, many farmers have already reacted and insured their fruit against hail damage.

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