SUSTAINABILITY, WINE AND THE SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT
the ability to maintain growth at a certain rate or level without creating a negative impact on the environment.
"the sustainability of economic growth"
avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
"the pursuit of global environmental sustainability"
About sustainability in the vineyard and the slow food movement
The slow food movement was created to give us all a way of saying no to fast produce, fast life and the negative impact they have on both humans and the environment. "Slow" means living an unhurried life, taking time to enjoy life's simple pleasures, food and wine. This starts at the table.
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Sustainability in the vineyard means that a process or practice can be maintained at a certain level for as long as is wanted, meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The practice involves minimum intervention in the natural cycle of growth, with zero use of chemicals click on the link for detailed info. slow food and the planet
Sustainability also involves living in a balanced way so that what we consume does not vastly exceed what we contribute. This involves taking care of our planet so that our planet can continue to take care of us. In a sustainable world, there is a harmonious and healthy equilibrium between the Earth and all of its inhabitants. Balance.
By improving environmental quality – we create healthy communities. To achieve this we need clean air, natural resources, and a non-toxic environment. As the population and our demands continue to grow – so we require more resources such as energy, water, space and food. However, we must replenish what we take, in a sustainable and balanced way, and minimize our impact to ensure the same natural resources, continue to flourish. click here
Sustainable wines aim is to have a winemaking process that protects the environment, supports social responsibility, maintains economic feasibility, and produces high quality wines without exhausting the soil and putting too much strain on the environment. As grapes are grown, harvested, and made into wine, a multitude of environmental practises and factors are prioritized before the wine reaches our tables. Slow food and wine at the table
Sustainable agriculture is based on minimum impact farming practises that are not only good for the environment, but also makes economic sense. This means that a producer may largely use organic practices, but if some of those practices don't make economic sense or the impact is too high, the producer might choose another direction within the natural cycle with reduced impact, such as recycling, filtration and purification of water, renewable energy, organic-fertilizer (manure) and so on. Slow food manual and guidelines
Sustainability in wine.
Organic-Biodynamic-Sustainable wines. What is the difference?
Organic is the use of certified organic grapes and ingredients only. However it does not cover the regulation and use of sulphites and copper, chemicals which are used in spraying organic vines.
Biodynamic is the use of Holistic Agricultural practises in the vineyard. It incorporates the use of natural ingredients and natures gifts in a controlled and respectful way without the use of chemicals.
Sustainable: involves reducing the amount of non renewable energy and ingredients used in the process of making wine to an absolute minimum and promoting the use of renewable sources (Water and energy) with full respect for nature and its surrounding eco systems.
Think responsibly, Work responsibly, Purchase responsibly, Live responsibly.
It's time to get involved. simply visit www.slowfood.org.uk and sign up.