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From grapes to wine – how to make an indulgence more eco sustainable

I love wine! Don’t you? It’s a delightful addition to many meals and social occasions, a medium to great conversation and flavor enhancement. Being eco-conscious, I wondered what is the carbon footprint of wine? Through the years I’ve done quite a lot of research and as a result I have changed my choices around my wine selections. The wine footprint story: grapes don’t require the copious amounts of fertilizers to grow that other crops such as corn do organic wines are grown without fertilizer or use of pesticides wine grown using biodynamic certified practices use organic practices and emphasizes biodiversity and ecosystem preservation the carbon dioxide released from the fermentation of wine grapes makes up an insignificant percentage of the total emissions associated with wine production the biggest source of greenhouse gases from wine is in transporting wine to the consumer transporting heavy glass bottles uses much more fuel, and therefore has a bigger impact, than lighter glass or other alternative packaging (box, tetrapack, plastic) transporting bulk wine (in kegs) has a smaller carbon footprint transporting …

Carbon Food Print

BBC News just released a stellar article. You can calculate your carbon foot print from food and be either happily surprised or dismally disappointed! This is a quote directly from the article to get you excited to read more: “Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by two-thirds, according to the Oxford study, published in the journal Science. “What we eat is one of the most powerful drivers behind most of the world’s major environmental issues, whether it’s climate change or biodiversity loss,” study researcher Joseph Poore told BBC News. “Changing your diet can make a big difference to your personal environmental footprint, from saving water to reducing pollution and the loss of forests, he said. It reduces the amount of land required to produce your food by about 75% – that’s a huge reduction, particularly if you scale that up globally,” Poore explained.” This chart is posted in the article: Will this change your eating habits? References: BBC Climate change food calculator: What’s your diet’s …