NZ wine set to go organic by 2020
Tue, 11 Jan 2011 1:14p.m.
Organic Winegrowers New Zealand (OWNZ) are driving a campaign to have 20 percent of vineyards certified organic by 2020.
OWNZ is a 140-member national association led by growers promoting organic production. Last year, OWNZ signed a memorandum of understanding with New Zealand Wine Growers (NZW) to work towards organic goals.
"By 2020, even if we only achieve 20 percent of the vinelands in our country as being certified organic and biodynamic, it will be a giant step towards enforcing our very precious environmental image to wine connoisseurs all over the world," OWNZ chairman James Millton said.
The amount of vineyard land in New Zealand under organic certification has tripled in the past three years and at the moment 4.5 percent of all vineyard land is certified organic, according to NZW.
No synthetic chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides are permitted in organic vineyards. Instead, organic producers must work with ecological processes, biodiversity, and naturally derived products.
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11/01/2011 2:15:11 p.m.
I enjoy wine and have no objection to an organic drop, but would not choose a wine for this reason alone.
However, the"biodynamic" farming is a complete absurdity based on magical thinking. Pure and simple, it's complete bull****.
I refuse to pay good money to any NZ wine producer who promotes this drivel.
For anyone that's interested please read (or listen) to a well researched article on the biodynamic process before buying into this pseudo-scientific nonsense.
Ref Dunning, Brian. "Biodynamic Agriculture." Skeptoid Podcast. Skeptoid Media, Inc., 10 Feb 2007. Web. 10 Jan 2011. http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4026
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