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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Eco-drinks for Earth Day

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 2:15 PM

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The Good: Lots of sustainable and organic grape farming.

The Bad: High transportation impact; little local wine seems to practice sustainable agriculture.

Grape farming has seen a great awakening to sustainable methods over the past two decades. Among quality producers, reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides are the norm, and many practice organic methods whether that word appears on the label or not. Key buzz words to look for include "sustainable," "natural" and "biodynamic." Of these, biodynamic is by far the most meaningful, referring to a rigid form of natural agriculture, while the others are subject to malleability, particularly in the hands of a marketing department.

Missouri certainly has its share of wine producers, but they seemingly are not on board with this trend. You do get the benefit of a low transportation impact. Gut Check has always had good luck with wines from Blumenhof Vineyards & Winery, but you probably have your favorites as well.

A huge component of the energy used in wine is the production of the bottle as well as its transport to the winery and then through the retail chain to the store where you purchase it. Look into alternative packages that don't use as much energy to create or ship.

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