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Wine grapes will be among first to suffer: How will climate change impact food production? There will likely be many disruptions as once fertile areas become too hot and others that were once too cold to farm become arable. But one crop in particular is likely to have problems without mitigation efforts: wine. Savor that glass of rosé, for as the climate changes wine grapes will be among the first to suffer. While many crops require a specific range of conditions to grow optimally, few crops have as strong a connection to climate as wine grapes. READ MORE


Meat industry eying lab-grown meats: With the growth of “alternative proteins,” the meat industry has some questions about how lab-grown meat will be federally regulated. The questions arose this week at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) on the heels of Tyson Foods announcing its investment in “cultured meat” — or lab-grown meat — company Memphis Meats. Cargill also has invested in Memphis Meats. Meanwhile, major processors like Tyson and Cargill also are investing more and more in plant-based proteins. READ MORE

Norwegian firm to build salmon farm in Maine: A Norwegian firm says it has bought land in Maine that it intends to use to build one of the world’s largest land-based salmon farms. Nordic Aquafarms says it has signed an agreement to buy 40 acres on the outskirts of Belfast. It says the initial project phase will include a $150 million investment, employ 60 people and take about two years to complete. Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, are home to longstanding salmon farming operations. Norway, Chile, and Scotland are other big producers of salmon.READ MORE

Alaskan recession strains social net: Tens of thousands of people have turned to the government for health care and food amid Alaska’s recession, prompting questions from state lawmakers about the sustainability of those safety-net programs. Gov. Bill Walker’s administration projects 240,000 people to be enrolled in the Medicaid health-care program next year, up from 163,000 in 2015. And 101,000 Alaskans were receiving food stamps in September, up from 72,000 a year earlier, according to preliminary federal data. READ MORE


Bad for babies: When the French dairy giant Lactalis began recalling baby formula, Ségolène Noviant thought she was safe. The milk she had been feeding her 5-month-old son wasn’t on the list. Then her son, Noan, was rushed to the emergency room with a fever, diarrhea and internal bleeding. His formula was tainted with salmonella — and a broad range of other Lactalis powdered milk products still on the shelves were at risk, too. It would take three recalls and many weeks for the scope of the problem to finally become clear, stoking public outrage over what has become known in France as “l’affaire Lactalis.” READ MORE


Air pollution related to children’s ‘brain problems’: Schoolchildren across the U.S. are plagued by air pollution that’s linked to multiple brain-related problems, with black, Hispanic and low-income students most likely to be exposed to a fug of harmful toxins at school, scientists and educators have warned. The warnings come after widespread exposure to toxins was found in new research using EPA and census data to map out the air pollution exposure for nearly 90,000 public schools across the U.S. READ MORE


‘…now time to rise’: The Islamic State issued a new video today calling on “brothers in Europe, America, Russia, Australia and elsewhere” to “kill them all” as “it is now time to rise.” The English-language nasheed, inspirational songs frequently released by terror groups, shows scenes of Western terrorists’ handiwork— including the March 2017 Westminster Bridge attack and the ISIS pledge video recorded by Berlin Christmas market terrorist Anis Amri—mingled with ISIS battlefield scenes and beheadings in Syria. READ MORE


Fuel-security analysis delivers chill: The arctic air that frozen the northeastern U.S. over the first weeks of 2018 prompted New Englanders to crank up the heat and New England’s utility companies to scramble for fuel. This season’s above-average heating and electricity demand tested grid reliability at a time when the topic has had particular political salience. Most reporting on the matter has lauded the resilience the grid has shown, but a fuel-security analysis performed by the group that oversees New England’s power system delivers a pessimistic chill. READ MORE


Ancient farms: Adventurers and archaeologists have spent centuries searching for lost cities in the Americas. But over the past decade, they’ve started finding something else: lost farms. Over 2,000 years ago in North America, indigenous people domesticated plants that are now part of our everyday diets, such as squashes and sunflowers. But they also bred crops that have since returned to the wild. We haven’t simply lost a few plant strains: an entire cuisine with its own kinds of flavors and baked goods has simply disappeared. READ MORE