Wine from Organic and Conventional Farming: Choosing Your Poison

Poison BottleIn a world that demonizes anything that is not “Organic,” and treats anything synthetic as poison; spraying actual poison on our farms and vineyards is something that is frowned upon. We have become a race that is so concerned about the parts per billion of a synthetic pesticide that may or may not is in our food while disregarding any dangerous amount of “Natural” poison in our organic produce we love to say is safe.

Some would argue of the taste, that it would affect the flavor of wine. While this could be true, only fledgling winemakers would make a sacrilegious mistake that could result in such swill. And if people insist that it does affect it no matter the cleaning process, the same could be said about organic and natural pesticides.

Companies like Pest Control Charlotte NC, have for generations allowed the yield of our vineyards to be significant, by protecting them from pests, weeds, and fungus, albeit with synthetic pesticides.  Chemicals used by generations upon generations of farmers to protect what they have labored to grow, chemicals whose formulation only change to target pests more specifically and more efficiently. We now abandon these chemicals, their companies, and the farmers they serve for the “Healthier” option.

Organic is all the rage nowadays if you are not consuming and supporting it, you are; unhealthy, an enemy of the environment, a part of the problem, and much worse, not in with the times. Being sold as a safer way to grow plants and control pests, it is clear that most people, who talk about natural pesticides, do not know what they are talking about.

As I have stated above, synthetic pesticides had been thoroughly studied, its formula changed each generation, for the sole purpose of targeting pests, weeds, and fungus more accurately, while at the same time not harming the crop and anything more than what its intended to. Is it perfect? Not at all, but the aim is for it to one day be; through multiple studies and the gathering of data in real world use.

It is a common misconception that organic pesticides are safe and better for the environment, chemicals are chemicals, and poison is poison. I can admit that some of these pesticides work and pose no threat to us; the fact of it being natural has become an excuse for it not to be looked at as possibly equally dangerous to the environment. In fact, some studies have shown it to have a greater impact on the environment. Think of it like this, if synthetic pesticides are the laser-guided missile that kills specific targets, albeit, with some collateral damage, some natural pesticides is like carpet bombing, which somehow misses the crops.

In the end, the debate continues in choosing either organic or conventional farming. But maybe, in the end, the world will no longer need to choose, with the creation of new genetically engineered grape varieties that protect its self from these pests and diseases, a topic and debate I am sure we will also be discussing in the future. But for now, there is nothing that we can do but to choose our poison, natural or synthetic? We must remember though that most of the famous historical poisons poured into the wine cups of kings and warriors were from nature.