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Chinese wine industry could endanger Panda's habitat.

Chinese wine industry could endanger Panda’s habitat.

The habitats of endangered giant pandas are being threatened by planned vineyard plantings in the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Sichuan.
According to the South China Morning Post, authorities in Shaanxi plan to plant 18,000 hectares of vineyards, and similar schemes are in the pipeline for Sichuan, putting the 1,600 wild giant pandas that inhabit the provinces at risk.

While the Chinese government has set up reserves for giant pandas, the animals don’t always remain inside them.

“Vineyards around a panda reserve can definitely affect the animals.

“Pandas move outside of reserves, so the forest outside is an important habitat. If forest is cleared to plant grapes, there may be direct loss of panda habitat,” climate change specialist Dr. Lee Hannah said in a study of the impacts of climate change on wine production and conservation.
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Planting Rights “Not My Priority” Says Commissioner

Europe’s agriculture chief steps back from the thorny issue of vineyard planting.

The European Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos, has announced he no longer wants to deal with the controversial question of planting rights in Europe. Instead, he is handing over responsibility for the issue to member states and the European Parliament.

In a report submitted to the commission last Friday, a high-level group of experts concluded that maintaining a system of planting rights was an “absolute necessity” for the European Union. The conclusion was a slap in the face for the commission, which had recommended the complete liberalization of vine growing in the 2008 European Wine Reform.

The experts received further support on the issue of maintaining planting rights on Wednesday. At a meeting of European ministers of agriculture, “the majority of states” backed their stand, an insider revealed.
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