The End of Pasta?



The increasing popularity of the “Paleo” diet as well as the increase in the number of people who have gluten allergies or sensitivities might give one (maybe just me?) the impression that there’s a “war on wheat.”

At least, that is, in this country. Worldwide, though, wheat is as popular as ever. But there’s still a war on wheat; a war waged by climate change. Wheat is a cool-season crop and as global temperatures rise, the growing season will shorten and the land where it can grow will shrink. Additionally, as anyone who watched The Dust Bowl can tell you, wheat is extremely sensitive to drought (which is projected to increase in incidence).

A recent article in Newsweek, “The End of Pasta” details the effects of climate change and other issues in America’s pasta bowl — if you will — North Dakota. I don’t know about you, but I am not so sure about living in a world without pasta and bread. In fact, when I first became a vegetarian, I was more a “pastatarian.” After packing on about five pounds in as many weeks, I started actually eating vegetables, though.

So, what will we eat when there’s no more wheat? Well, there are a number of people and organizations already working on that. And as it turns out, one of the area’s leading voices of the local food and sustainable agriculture movements, Jim Embry, is in Nashville to speak at “A Place at the Table” at West End United Methodist Church this evening. This is the series I told you about a couple of weeks ago. Tonight’s menu and discussion will focus on slow food and Embry’s recent trip to attend the Terra Madre and International Slow Food Congress. For more information and a peek at what Martha Stamps is cooking, visit the event webpage. Spoiler alert: pumpkin praline trifle. Wow.

A Place at the Table with Jim Embry
5 p.m. dinner; 6 p.m. discussion
$10 for adults; $5 for children
West End United Methodist Church
2200 West End Ave.
Reservations: 615-321-8500

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