In a pan-European survey carried out in March of this year 100% of non-organic wines proved to have significant pesticide residues – a considerably higher percentage than is normal for non-organic grapes. Why should this be?
• There is evidence that around one-third of the pesticides identified are commonly
detected in grapes and are therefore
• In Europe, wines are made by combining the grapes from many different vineyards so that if the grapes from even one vineyard contain pesticides then the whole batch will be contaminated.
• Grapes receive the highest dose of pesticides of any crop, except potatoes – 4.7kg per hectare or 15% by weight of the synthetic pesticides applied to all major crops.
• Between 1993 and 2003 there was a 39% decline in the use of the relatively harmless, traditionally-used inorganic sulphate in grape production and a 27% rise in the use of synthetic pesticides.
• During the same period there has been a significant rise in the use of a range of synthetic fungicides never before applied to European grapes.
No wonder non-organic wine gives you a hangover!!
Courtesy of Pesticides News June 08
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First Published December 2008
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