The world’s grapes have lost their innocence
The world has lost its innocence, but some of the world’s most valuable grapes are not.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species says the grapes in question are “not suitable for human consumption.”
The grapes are listed as “in danger of being threatened with extinction” by the IUCN.
Their range includes Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Argentina-Peru, Bolivia-Colombia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Venezuela-Colu.
The IUCM lists a few more grape species than the Red List, including red wine grapes and the famous Pumice.
But many of these are not considered endangered.
“In fact, there is a huge variation in the extent of the threat,” IUCNM Director-General Greg Barker said in a statement.
“It is only in the last decade that there has been significant conservation activity and the world has witnessed significant improvements in the quality and quantity of the harvest.”
The ICAI’s assessment also finds that some of these grapes are still in high demand, and that “many of the most important grape growing regions are now in very poor condition.”
The red wine grape, for example, has been listed as an endangered species since the 1990s.
The global market for red wine has grown by more than half over the past two decades.
In a report for the World Wine Council, IUCR executive director Raul Gonzalez-Molina estimated the worldwide market for the red wine category in 2010 at $1.8 billion.
This compares with a market of $15.3 billion in the United States alone, and $14.4 billion in China.
In an interview with Reuters in September, ICAN’s Barker said the world will need to conserve these grapes if it is to meet the demands of global markets.
“There are no other foods on Earth that produce this much vitamin A, vitamin C, and the same vitamin C with all the other things we need to eat,” he said.
Read more about wine and grapes:Associated Press Writer Sarah Shanks contributed to this report from Paris.”
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Read more about wine and grapes:Associated Press Writer Sarah Shanks contributed to this report from Paris.