Britain's biggest winemaker left without harvest

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Фото с сайта nyetimber.comBritain's biggest winemaker Nyetimber refuses harvest. According to The Financial Times, the manufacturer has gone to such measures because of the poor quality grapes, which are corrupted due to bad weather.

"I do not know what his [grapes] will taste, but I know it does not matter," - said the chief winemaker Nyetimber Cherie Spriggs (Cherie Spriggs). According to him, the decision was given the leadership of hard, but it is necessary to comply with the quality standards established in the years of the Nyetimber.

The state of crop harvests around the world

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Food shortage and food crisis : Rotting corn, due to a widespread droughtNew UN forecasts indicate world cereal production will be reduced by 2.6% in 2012 following last year's record crop. Wheat production is expected to fall 5.2% – largely because of the heatwave in the United States, and other grains by 2.3%. The global rice crop is expected to remain mostly unchanged, with falls in India offset by an increase in China, Japan and the Philippines.

"The decrease will result in a significant reduction in world inventories by the close of seasons in 2013, even with world demand sliding as a result of high prices," said a spokesman for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome.

UN warns of looming worldwide food crisis in 2013

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Zimbabwe peasant farmerWorld grain reserves are so dangerously low that severe weather in the United States or other food-exporting countries could trigger a major hunger crisis next year, the United Nations has warned.

Failing harvests in the US, Ukraine and other countries this year have eroded reserves to their lowest level since 1974. The US, which has experienced record heatwaves and droughts in 2012, now holds in reserve a historically low 6.5% of the maize that it expects to consume in the next year, says the UN.

Hundreds flee as Western wildfire season roars on

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Firefighters battled stubborn blazes that kept residents from homes in Montana, Wyoming and Washington as authorities worried the weather could worsen the volatile situation.

High temperatures, lower humidity and greater instability increase the potential for fires to grow, said Ed Delgado, the national predictive services meteorologist for the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

"Our biggest concern right now is existing fires," he said. "We're not expecting lightning over the next few days, although that doesn't alleviate the potential for human-caused fires, especially as we get into camping and hunting seasons."