The Downside to Vineyards in Ottawa

On December 18 City Councillor Scott Moffatt attended a Christmas party at Jabulani winery and learned that over the next 5-10 years, there could be as many as 5 vineyards in the area. He then tweeted that this would be great for local tourism.

Of course wine production in this region would be impossible without climate change and what Councillor Moffatt sees as our gain is someone else’s loss.

I tweeted back pointing out that places like California, which are beginning to struggle with how climate change will effect their wine industries, also represent the source agricultural areas where much of our food is grown. Not such a happy story as agricultural stresses of climate change make for higher food prices.

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