Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Organic Wine Producer Nearly Imprisoned for Refusing to Spray Pesticides

Photo: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images
Heather Callaghan
Activist Post

I still don't feel guilty. It's intolerable today to be forced to hide and to be frightened for taking a stand. -Emmanuel Giboulot

Last year I wrote about a major pesticide problem in French wines. One that had unfortunate results. For instance, 90% of those wines, even vintage, were contaminated with unsafe pesticide chemical levels. One farmer died from exposure, and wine farmers there were shown to have much higher rates of brain cancer and dementia.

One would think organic wines would be the way to go. French labels depict organic with the words Vin Biologique. But now, with a new directive that completely undermines "organic" - it is uncertain. That is, if this normally very American, Canadian and English trend on choking out organic small farm freedom continues in France.

Enter: winegrower, Emmanuel Giboulot who has been under fire for months for "flouting official regulations."