Food Stories

For Bordeaux’s winemakers, rising temperatures bring a reckoning

For Bordeaux’s winemakers, rising temperatures bring a reckoning

“Everyone was afraid,” recalled Alain David-Beaulieu, the 53-year-old owner and winemaker of Château Coutet in Bordeaux’s Saint Emilion region in southern France. He squinted as he looked over the 30 acres of vineyards his family has farmed for 400 years. Two years ago, a hot summer weighed heavily on his grapes — mostly merlot — and the 2016 vintage had barely squeaked by.

“The grapes weren’t maturing well,” he said. “They were unbalanced.”

Years of eavesdropping on insect sex talk is starting to pay off for grape growers

Years of eavesdropping on insect sex talk is starting to pay off for grape growers

Entomologists have taken the act of bugging conversations to a whole new level — recording sexual vibrations emitted by tiny insects living on grapevines in vineyards. What may seem like a callous act of insect espionage is actually an innovative technique in pest management, decades in the making, chemical free and not lethal to anything.

Tree Conference rallies support to halt deforestation

Tree Conference rallies support to halt deforestation

Taking place at the Merlin Theatre in Frome on Sunday 21 October (10am-5pm), The Tree Conference 2018 will promote the message that it is possible to halt deforestation and indeed increase forest cover worldwide. The event will share practical solutions for preserving and renewing our trees and forests, strengthen support for people working with trees and highlight practical strategies for citizen-led tree planting.

Books – Bread & Butter: History, Culture, Recipes by Grant Harrington, Richard Snapes and Eve Hemingway

Books – Bread & Butter: History, Culture, Recipes by Grant Harrington, Richard Snapes and Eve Hemingway

BREAD & BUTTER is a love letter to two glorious foods that have graced our tables for centuries. Delving deep into the history and culture behind the bread and butter partnership, Eve Hemingway, baker Richard Snapes, and chef Grant Harrington explore how bread and butter are eaten across the world,

Food security: vertical farming sounds fantastic until you consider its energy use

Food security: vertical farming sounds fantastic until you consider its energy use

A company in Scotland has unveiled what it claims is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. Intelligent Growth Solutions’ vertical farm uses artificial intelligence and specially designed power and communication technologies. The firm says this reduces energy costs by 50% and labour costs by 80% when compared to other indoor growing environments, and can produce yields of up to 200% more than that of a traditional greenhouse.