This "nature video" comes to us courtesy of the Sonoma Wine Grape Commission.
Where is the part where they apply synthetic herbicides and pesticides?
That's what happens to 97% of wine grapes grown in California...
Here is what the data from the state of California Dept. of Public Health web site tool combined with the California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation shows us when we look at pesticides used on wine grapes in Sonoma County.
Here is how much Roundup was applied in 2009 in Sonoma alone (click on the image to enlarge the image):
|The California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation data for Sonoma County wine grapes|
This graph shows the Roundup sprayed on wine grapes in this county alone.
he California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation data for Sonoma County wine grapes
This graph shows the endocrine disrupters sprayed on wine grapes in this county alone.
But the wine industry is busy out there replenishing the supply.
I think that for truth in advertising the Sonoma Wine Grape Commission - as well as all the other wine grape commissions and sustainability programs - should add these graphs from the Dept. of Pesticide Regulation and the California Dept. of Public Health, plus footage of herbicide and pesticide application, plus some Alfred Hitchcock shower scene music and pictures of birds, fish and marine mammals dying.
We are soooo being brainwashed into thinking wine grapes are good neighbors to the environment. They could be, but the way our industry works today, it is not. This is what the industry's face of "sustainability" looks like and it's not a pretty picture.
The good news is that we do have choices - and we can choose to patronize those in the wine world who don't subscribe to applying these synthetic and dangerous chemicals onto 500,000 acres of California's agricultural lands. That would be our poor, unsung heroes - the organic AND sustainable wine community - which is why I am writing this app so you can find out who they are and BUY THEIR WINES.
We want our wine industry to stay - we just want it to be a good neighbor.
For a complete list of pesticides used on wine grapes in California, the Pesticide Action Network has an easy to read listing of the data collected from the California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation. Click here.
To use the California Agricultural Pesticide Use Web Mapping Service yourself, click here.