Fishy claim: ‘climate change will ruin Cioppino’ – facts show otherwise

Some excerpts from the Bay Area News Group story by Lisa Krieger

Arrivederci, cioppino? Climate change stirs up a futile recipe for San Francisco signature dish

Beloved foods will feel the stresses of a warming planet

On the eve of the Global Climate Action Summit, thousands of people are converging in San Francisco to save melting icebergs, endangered wildlife and drowning cities.

But imagine, if you can, a life with less cioppino.

Created in the late 1800s by Italian immigrants in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood, the famed fish stew is one of many beloved foods – ranging from wine to sourdough bread — that’s likely to feel the stresses of climate change, researchers say. While the fate of one dish is far from a threat to humankind, it illustrates the far-reaching impact of something much bigger.

“Climate change will have profound effects on our global food systems on all levels,” said Alex Halliday, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute. “It threatens our ability to produce food causing disruptions in prices, quality and earnings.”

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association reports that restaurants already are facing challenges with seafood and crop availability. “Just two years ago the water temperature led to issues with the start of crab season,” said director Gwyneth Borden, “and scientists suggest that climate change can lead to crops being less nutritional, which doesn’t even address the impact of taste.”

To draw attention to the plight, about 60 Bay Area restaurants — including such favorites as San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery, Healdsburg’s Shed and all Bay Area locations of Sweetgreen and Onigilly — are going carbon neutral for “Zero Foodprint Dining Week” through a combination of practical changes and financial contributions.

The fate of recipes will vary, because each ingredient responds differently to the many influences of climate change, according to Tapan B. Pathak of UC Merced’s Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources.

“Increases in temperature, higher variability in precipitation trends, increased frequency and intensity of extreme events such as drought, heat waves, and floods are expected to impact agriculture in California,” said Pathak, whose research on the impact of climate on California’s $50 million agricultural market recently was published in the journal Agronomy.

If we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say, there’s still time to limit the risk to our foods.

Read the full story here

First, I don’t much care for Cioppino, so if it disappears, especially in San Francisco, I won’t be shedding tears.

But the reality is that this is nothing but a scare story. In the article, the writer goes on to say there will be less seafood, tomatoes, garlic, onion, basil and red bell peppers, along with a lack of sourdough bread due to declining wheat production and of course, less wine. All due to  “A global temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius”.

Newsflash, we’ve already had that temperature increase over the last 100 years, and we are producing more wheat, wine, seafood, and vegetables than ever before.

Hothouse tomatoes and vegetables such as bell peppers are wildly popular, especially with the organics crowd. Just look at this trend from one country, the Netherlands, where it’s normally too cold to grow tomatoes:

That increase is mirrored in North America, which has had a huge increase in greenhouse tomato production.

Then there’s shrimp from the photo above. Much of the shrimp provided to restaurants these days is farm grown. Crab farming is on the increase, and so is Lobster farming, with the restaurant chain Red Lobster building the world’s largest lobster farm. Octopus farming and squid farming is now taking off. But despite that, natural populations of octopus and squid are booming worldwide, thanks to…climate change.

I’m not too worried. Seafood farming will eventually outpace natural sources.

Wheat production is way up globally, despite an increase in temperature over the last century.

Then there’s wine. Global wine production dropped to a 60 year low in 2017:

While it would be convenient to blame global warming in it’s role as the “universal boogeyman” for all things bad, the fact is, it was a bad winter in Europe that was to blame:

The group blamed the production slump on poor weather conditions in Europe in 2017, including a late-winter frost that hampered the harvest. European wine production dropped 15% overall in 2017, the group said. Spain’s wine production fell 20% last year, while France’s dropped 19% and Italy’s declined 17%, according to Reuters calculations.

Europe makes up about 65% of global wine production.

Other regions fared better. U.S. wine production was largely stable, despite last year’s wildfires in California, which ended up doing less damage to vineyards than originally feared. Australian production also remained about even, while South American harvests largely recovered from 2016’s disastrous El Niño and South African output gained despite a lingering drought.

It seems reporter Lisa Krieger isn’t capable of basic research, but would rather write an alarming story to go along with the group-think climate catastrophe party in San Francisco.

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Joel Snider
September 13, 2018 9:27 am

God forbid snowflake-central lose their Cioppino.

September 13, 2018 9:31 am

Once again, the warmistas assume that the world is incapable of adapting to any change that is caused by man.

Oceans warm, so plankton go deeper to find cooler water.
Meanwhile, plankton that are adapted to warmer water move in and take their place.
(That is assuming the local plankton don’t adapt to warmer water first.)

If crab migrate to find cooler water, fishermen can follow them.

There is no evidence that warmer temperatures harm tomatoes. Even if it did, the places where they are grown can be moved.

The arrival of new pests can be handled the same way the existing pests are handled.

The claim that a small increase in temperatures will result in a big decrease in grain production is nothing more than a model that has never been validated in the real world. Beyond that, a warmer world opens up huge swaths of land in Canada and Russia that were too cold to farm previously.

Note: I’m using her assumptions to disprove her point.
I do not believe that CO2 will will warm the world enough for anyone too notice.

Reply to  MarkW
September 13, 2018 10:06 am

I think the point they are missing…is not that it’s just warmer….warmer is the average not actual temps
The growing season will just start earlier…and end later
You would still have the same amount of time, to grow the exact same crop….only moved up a little….or moved forward a little on the other end

Reply to  Latitude
September 13, 2018 10:15 am

The alarmists conflate largely beneficial increases in night-time lows with the bogeyman of deadly day-time high temperatures all the time (personally, I think intentionally). Seeing that winters won’t be as deadly – particularly at night, while summer highs will be about the same won’t cause a global panic leading to the death of 98% of the population as these Malthusians really want.

Reply to  OweninGA
September 13, 2018 10:41 am

They don’t admit that crops are controlled by the last and first frost date…
….if you can plant 3 days sooner…big whoopie

Reply to  Latitude
September 13, 2018 11:37 am

This is the first year over several years, for my pear tree to produce pears, after three years of a late Spring frost killing flowers. Like many pear trees, this tree produces bumper crops if early frosts don’t damage the flowers.

The same went for my peach trees. With two years of zero peaches due to late Spring frosts killing peach buds.

I’ll take frosts ending early Spring and starting late Fall over late Spring frosts and early Fall frosts.

Technically, the weather this year stayed colder into late Spring, so the trees did not bud out early.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  ATheoK
September 13, 2018 1:06 pm

It’s always a yearly crapshoot with fruit trees at any latitude. If temperature swings can’t get you, hurricanes (or pests/diseases) can.
ATK, I was lucky too with lots of cherries, pears, peaches and apples this season. The critters ate most of the crop as usual, but we got our portion besides.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
September 13, 2018 8:41 pm

Cherry trees tend to be a bit smarter about blooming a shade later and they withstand cold better. yes, they’ve been frozen, but not as often as the pears or peaches.

I missed the cherry eaters this year. One day, lots of cherries starting to ripen. A couple of days later, no cherries.

My Brother-in-Law orchard grower says we just need to raise enough for both the animals and us.
Though it is amusing to watch a squirrel trying to scamper across the field with a massive peach in it’s mouth. Fast, they are not with peaches. That’s when I wonder where the hawk is loafing.

My persimmon trees are very dependable with persimmons every year. Now is when the deer slink through, eating the fallen fruit.

My pears are keifers and they hang well into October. I have been picking them, ripening them a week or so, then cooking with them. Salmon, roasted with pear slices, last night.

Good Earth and growing!

Reply to  ATheoK
September 13, 2018 4:11 pm

My pears are doing great this year as did my plums, but I had to resort to smudge pots under the trees to keep the one last freeze from killing off the blooms. It would have been three years in a row of nothing without those charcoal burners!
(apparently my home computer has a capital I in my user name…never noticed that before – I’ll have to correct that so people don’t think I am trying to impersonate myself or sockpuppet me)

Reply to  Latitude
September 16, 2018 6:29 pm

I love this weather. Growing Ghost Peppers and a bunch of Calabrian hotties in southern Vermont for the past few years. The trees here are so healthy they need to be cut back every 10 years instead of 20. Things are so green, it is really incredible.

However I shudder at the thought of the approaching winter. The forecast is the same as last year which was just unbelievably brutally cold.
Good luck to all.

Reply to  MarkW
September 13, 2018 10:24 am

Tomatoes in California are mostly grown in the Central Valley, with some winter production in the Coachella Valley, both of which are already quite warm in the summer. However, neither is an urban heat island, so I really doubt they have changed much recently.

Reply to  MarkW
September 13, 2018 10:34 am

They will have plenty of all the needed ingredients, but won’t be able to cook any of it due to lack of fuel or energy. 🙂

Caligula Jones
Reply to  rocketscientist
September 13, 2018 11:18 am

Personally, I was shocked that the People’s Republic of California actually still allows animals to be eaten at all.

(Actually, pricing animals out of the human food chain has probably already been written up as a positive by some wackadoodle “Not the Onion” activist somewhere).

Patrick MJD
Reply to  rocketscientist
September 13, 2018 9:21 pm

These people cook? I don’t think so. Use their smartphones to order in from Uber eats and then have it delivered.

September 13, 2018 9:33 am

anybody want to debate these people?
there’s an apt metaphor for that!

Pop Piasa
Reply to  gnomish
September 13, 2018 11:19 am

The fact that climatarians won’t debate shows they don’t recognize what master debaters they really are I guess

September 13, 2018 9:34 am

So Darwin was wrong and nothing can survive human beings. He failed to tell us the planet was sooooo fragile that humans could kill it in less than a century and everything would be gone. He failed to tell us things never really adapt at all. A microscopic change destroys the planet.

Wow, the anti-Darwin people are completely vindicated here. Darwin was wrong and we’re all going to die.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Sheri
September 13, 2018 11:27 am

The general population seems to tolerate the cognitive dissonance that the claims of the climate ambulance chasers raise on a regular basis. Fortunately, I am talking to more and more people who are seeing through this quasi-scientific means to a political end.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
September 13, 2018 1:31 pm

It’s doublethink.

Reply to  Sheri
September 13, 2018 2:42 pm

double don’t think??
A suggestion.

No model was involved in this little sally!


David Wendt
Reply to  Sheri
September 13, 2018 4:13 pm

I’d say it’s more like a quarterthink or maybe even an eighththink!

Andy Pattullo
September 13, 2018 9:40 am

We once derided or felt sorry for the odd disheveled soul on the street corner with the handwritten sandwich board stating “the end is nigh”. They were often the but of jokes and fodder for cartoons. Now we call them respected researchers and throw taxpayer money at them hand over fist. This is what you support when you count yourself a “progressive”. I can think of no more deceptive abuse of an English word than this use of “progressive”.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Andy Pattullo
September 13, 2018 2:48 pm

“Progressive” has meant many things to many different folks over the past few centuries, for sure. It’s a catchword that is not identifiable or quantifiable. It merely states that the noun it modifies is moving towards the future, yet it is an adjective so often claimed by those who wish to dictate the future.
Language itself is a means of deception (for those inclined to intentionally misuse it).

September 13, 2018 9:44 am

Zero Foodprint? Good grief. Can you imagine what we could do as a society if we put this kind of effort into doing things that actually mattered?

Thomas Homer
Reply to  Craig
September 13, 2018 10:17 am

“Zero Foodprint?”

I know they’re aiming for carbon-neutral, but I’d like to see them pursue a Carbon-free diet.

Reply to  Thomas Homer
September 13, 2018 10:57 am

“through a combination of practical changes
………..and financial contributions.”

It’s climate change….you can buy your way out of it

Reply to  Craig
September 13, 2018 10:43 am

Zero ‘foodprint’ is achieved when you die and get eaten by worms and microbes.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  rocketscientist
September 13, 2018 1:33 pm

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We’re all green in the end I suppose. Even when cremated. That should be a comfort to Bill McKibben.

September 13, 2018 10:01 am

Just so I’m clear on the concept…
Greenhouses are made to keep crops warmer, right?…and they are injected with CO2 to make levels higher, so crops grow bigger and faster


Walt D.
Reply to  Latitude
September 13, 2018 10:09 am

You seem to be confusing the real world with output from broken computer models.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Latitude
September 13, 2018 1:46 pm

Lat, the LOL part is that this technology is helping states exceed their budget expectations where legalization of a formerly controlled substance has occurred.

Gary Pearse
September 13, 2018 10:07 am

Attacking climate change’s effect on food is an old favorite. Remember sheep and other meat species were to become much smaller by now, crops were to dwindle, etc. meanwhile Aggie output has doubled since those doomcasts and instead of famine, we are coping with growing obesity from plenty, all attributable, like it or not, because of increased CO2 fertilization.

Indeed, over the last 20 years we’ve basically had no significant growth in temperature outside of an el Nino spike in 2016 17 which is over and still declining – a good chance we will be at the “Dreaded Pause” level in 2019 despite Karlization which adjusted the Pause into (possibly temporary) oblivion.

Ironically, the only unequivocal Climate Change we can demonstrate is the Great Greening, ~18% increase in “leaf cover”, 14% increase in forest cover over 35 years and the largely unquantified, much more significant expansion of plankton, the base of the ocean food pyramid. Famine is a thing of the past.

Except for a couple hasty articles without their hearts in it, trying to make the Great Greening a disaster, silence has reigned suspensefully over this elephant in the room. Population growth is declining toward an asymptote of ~ 9B (we’re 80% there). I’ve been forecasting here on WUWT a “Garden of Eden Earth^TM” in the coming 3-5 decades, the beginning of a perrenial age of plentiful resources, peace and prosperity and the final nail in the Malthusian Coffin. I can’t see how I can stick around for it having spanned 80yrs, but maybe some kindly researcher, finding this forecast will call it Pearse’s Garden one day.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Gary Pearse
September 13, 2018 11:33 am

This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius. Warm, wet, wonderful for humanity (at least those who are not brainwashed by mass propaganda).

Walt D.
September 13, 2018 10:12 am

Let’s look on the bright side. On the minute chance that any of these predictions come true, we will have plenty of pork and bacon from flying pigs.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Walt D.
September 13, 2018 11:42 am

Hopefully there won’t be any flying pigs in S. Carolina this weekend. 🐖
My thoughts are with my fellow farmers and livestock owners there.

Bruce Cobb
September 13, 2018 10:18 am

“Climate change”, the Big Bad Boogeyman will cause kittens and puppies to die horrible deaths, violent outbreaks of the heartbreak of psoriasis, warts, and apple pie, icecream, coffee, and chocolate to vanish – boom, from our menu. Because that’s how evil CO2 rolls.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
September 13, 2018 10:44 am

looking at Venezuela, the kittens and puppies part could be prescient!..dinner of last resort is still dinner.

David S
September 13, 2018 10:41 am

Lisa Kreiger presents rhetoric with ample use of the word “could”, as in it could cause problems. Anthony on the other hand presents actual data i.e. what really did happen. His data refutes her claims with facts. In a science class Anthony would get an A and Lisa would flunk. But in the left wing media Lisa’s story plays and Anthony’s article is not mentioned. What a farce the mainstream media has become.

September 13, 2018 10:52 am

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“As plankton move from warm surface waters to cooler depths“…WTF???

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Phytoplankton are photosynthesizers… They can’t dive below the photic zone and still photosynthesize.

Shrimp are among the most adaptable critters on Earth, capable of thriving from surface waters down to 5,000′ or more. Shrimp are omnivorous scavengers and will eat almost anything… Always devein your shrimp.

Squid don’t rely plankton. They eat fish, crabs, other squid and shrimp, etc.

Reply to  David Middleton
September 13, 2018 11:09 am

And Zooplankton feed on phytoplankton…

Thomas Homer
Reply to  Craig
September 13, 2018 11:40 am

“And Zooplankton feed on phytoplankton…”

And phytoplankton feed on CO2

Reply to  Craig
September 13, 2018 11:41 am

Which explains why they also hang out in the photic zone… LOL!

Pop Piasa
Reply to  David Middleton
September 13, 2018 12:31 pm

The ignorant in the media feed the ignorant public misinformation without remediation. The only guidelines they follow are political.

Reply to  David Middleton
September 14, 2018 8:47 am

David, not sure why you devein your shrimp unless you eat them raw. Do you eat bivalves raw, e.g., oysters, clams.

Interestingly I had a long running debate with a dinoflagellate expert that is relevant to the whole AGW heating the oceans debate. Years before they were taught and believed that the tropical oceans because of hotter temperatures were not very productive, near deserts. Yet several large pelagic fish species (e.g.,swordfish, bluefin tuna) travel to the subtropics and tropics to spawn. Their larvae and juveniles grow extremely fast. Two other extremely fast growing pelagic fish, yellowfin tuna and dolphin (mahi-mahi) live in subtropical/ tropical oceans. For decades if one pulled a “standard” mesh phytoplankton net one would catch very little. So what was the basis of the food chain in the tropics? Then one day someone pulled a much finer mesh net. They caught lots of phytoplankton which were extremely small.

Light, more than heat drives plankton dynamics in the upper layers of the ocean. There are phenomenal daily diurnal migrations in and out of the photic zone. I have watched such migrations on very sophisticated, ex-Navy active “sonar.” Truly amazing! Interesting the environmentalists today vehemently oppose the use of such high tech sonar for such research, just as they oppose the use of specifically designed explosive to determine they thermodynamic structure of the oceans. They claim because just one unit (or one explosion) affects whales and dolphins all over the world’s oceans.

Pop Piasa
September 13, 2018 11:11 am

I used to say “only in California- land of fruits and nuts” but nowadays that’s not accurate.

The media is completely unbridled from fair and accurate presentation of facts and has become merely a mouthpiece for (approved) political activism.

Caligula Jones
September 13, 2018 11:16 am

Couple of notes:

1) You missed the quotes around “reporter”. This is typical New Journalism clickbait where (usually) an over-educated, under-informed intern re-types a Greenpeace/WWF/Suzuki Foundation new release. That this writer had a biology degree from Duke would seem to mean that grade inflation isn’t exactly new.

2) “All due to “A global temperature increase of 1 degree Celsius”. Newsflash, we’ve already had that temperature increase over the last 100 years”

Yeah, but they mean the OTHER 1 degree Celsius. The next 1 degree. You know, the really, really bad one that is hiding somewhere in the ocean like a Lovecraftian Great Old One.

Caligula Jones
Reply to  Caligula Jones
September 14, 2018 6:10 am

commieBob over at the thread posted a link, just to back me up:

“the key is to exploit journalists’ incredible laziness. If you lay out the information just right, you can shape the story that emerges in the media almost like you were writing those stories yourself. In fact, that’s literally what you’re doing, since many reporters just copied and pasted our text.”

As with the replication problem, its amazing that none of the bad science stuff that is happening ever touches “climate science”…

Reply to  Caligula Jones
September 16, 2018 6:36 pm

You know, the really, really bad one that is hiding somewhere in the ocean like a Lovecraftian Great Old One.

Oh my, that’s really, really well done!

September 13, 2018 11:24 am

If wheat is affected by temperature, simply genetically modify the seeds. Problem solved.

September 13, 2018 11:27 am

“are going carbon neutral for “Zero Foodprint Dining Week”

They’re going to serve raw foods on dirty dinnerware? And the customers will use their fingers and shirts?

Oh, they’re going to use creative accounting…
I presume that means buying more Tesla carbon credits.

“Shrimp, Squid; As plankton move from warm surface waters to cooler depths, fish and shellfish become nutrient starved.”

More inventive fantasy from indoor chair bound elitists.
* Perhaps they’ll explain how plankton swim so far that fish and shellfish can not eat them?
* Then they can explain why a plankton current preference for warm surface waters suddenly becomes a preference for cooler deep waters?

I guess us fish soup craving persons will just have to make do with bouillabaisse instead…

Pop Piasa
Reply to  ATheoK
September 13, 2018 3:04 pm

The whole concept reminds me of the cleric absolution for lenten red meat abstinence. It’s just symbolic virtue signaling.

Perhaps their shellfishness will undermine them.

Robert W Turner
September 13, 2018 11:37 am

“If we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say, there’s still time to limit the risk to our foods.”

Oh well if Mr. Scientists says it it must be true.

Thomas Homer
Reply to  Robert W Turner
September 13, 2018 11:43 am

“If we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, scientists say, there’s still time to limit the risk to our foods.”

should that read – “if we reduce [CO2] emissions, scientists say, there’s still time to limit our foods”

There is no food without CO2.

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Robert W Turner
September 13, 2018 3:35 pm

Rob, that’s DR. Scientist, to us.
Authority is everything these days.

September 13, 2018 1:01 pm

While aquaculture has come a long way in the past fifty years it still has a very long way to go to be on par with basic farming much less modern farming. Remember how long ago we domesticated goats, cows, chickens, etc. While shrimp are the number one aquacultured marine seafood in the world it still has problems. In most cases shrimp are raised in coastal ponds, meaning the destruction, or at least isolation, of valuable and productive coastal wetlands. For quite a few years shrimp could be raised in the same pond for only a couple of years before various diseases manifested themselves and made the ponds unusable.

Squid and octopus production is up primarily due to overfishing of boney fish. When there are fewer boney fish to consume cephalopods, their populations exploded. Cephalopods in turn feed on juvenile fish, making it difficult for the fish populations to recover.

Maine (northern) lobster populations increased dramatically as ground fish (e.g., cod, haddock, etc) were depleted. Again a basic predator prey relationship.

September 13, 2018 3:40 pm

One of the normal characteristics of Global Warming – Climate Change reporting is a complete absence of even basic research, which is substituted by the invention of alarming stories that involve Global Warming – Climate Change with any undesirable event or catastrophe.

John Adams
Reply to  nicholas tesdorf
September 13, 2018 7:41 pm

I think Lisa Krieger knows who signs her checks. BAYAREA Newsgroup is not going to dis their readership!

Walt D.
September 13, 2018 6:14 pm

“Too many Cooks -97% – spoil the broth?

Patrick MJD
September 13, 2018 9:19 pm

I am sure there are better fish/seafood stews around than cioppino.

September 14, 2018 3:49 am

being a pedant;-)
people who like Organic food do NOT eat greenhouse hydro produce.
tasteless crap grown in chemical soup.
no way.
if its out of season and you havent grown/preserved your own then you go without till it IS fresh grown, in clean soils

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