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The ‘Green’ Signal for All Wine-lovers

by Tanya Thomas on September 3, 2008 at 12:59 PM
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 The ‘Green’ Signal for All Wine-lovers

If you're a die-hard wine enthusiast, here's a new eco-friendly option you could explore. It has been found that the organic variant of wine is twice as good for our planet than its regular non-organic version.

According to a report in New Scientist, for the research, Valentina Niccolucci and colleagues from the University of Siena, Italy, measured the resources used to grow, package and distribute wine made from Sangiovese grapes at two farms in Tuscany 30 kilometers apart.

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The organic farm used only natural fertilizers and pesticides, and most operations were done by hand, while the other used conventional methods of production.

The team worked out the resources needed to support the making of each wine - its "eco-footprint".

A bottle from the organic farm had an eco-footprint of 7.17 square meters, half that of the non-organic wine with a footprint of 13.98 square meters.
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This is because the mechanized production used more land and non-recycled glass.

Though it's not clear that organic food is always eco-friendly, the team said that wine producers could shift to organic systems to reduce their overall ecological impact.

Source: ANI
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