Anson: Why we need ethical fine wine

Jane proposes a new approach for how we categorise fine wine, with the emphasis on environmental sustainability and social responsibility…

Article originally published in Decanter.

Jane Anson, July 18, 2019

How much should social responsibility and environmental credentials be used to define fine wine? Credit: CALIN STAN / Alamy 

Isn’t it about time that we start defining

Wine can play key role in advancing sustainability, but thinking needs a ‘generational change’

By Andrew Catchpole

Published:  12 July, 2019

See original story at harpers.co.uk.

Consumers need to get behind the agricultural sector to support the true costs of sustainability, and the wine industry is uniquely placed to advance this message, but there is still a long way to go.

This was one of the central takeaways from a joint Harpers-California Wine Institute

Voluntary Best Practices for Growers’ Response to Huanglongbing

See original story in Citrus Insider.

To provide California citrus growers with a strong toolbox of science-supported strategies and tactics to protect their orchards from Huanglongbing, the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee endorsed a set of best practices for growers to voluntarily employ in response to HLB in California.

The recommendations – which are grouped based

Ocean View Flowers earns BloomCheck Certification

Originally published here.

Ocean View Flowers has made its unique geography in the floral even more special with BloomCheck certification for its sustainable growing practices.

Ocean View’s 500 acres are located in the Lompoc Valley, fifty miles northwest of Santa Barbara, California, where northern and southern currents of the Pacific Ocean meet to create a

Willow Creek Earns BloomCheck Certification

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Willow Creek Earns BloomCheck Certification
Certification Attests to Willow Creek’s Sustainable Practices
 

At Willow Creek, about an hour inland from Arcata, California, Sun Valley Floral Farms found the ideal growing conditions for some of its specialty crops.

This mountain canyon is the perfect location for the Willow Creek farm, growing specialty crops such as  ilex berries,

Sunshine Floral Attains BloomCheck Certification

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Sunshine Floral Attains BloomCheck Certification

Sunshine Floral, which produces 2 million bouquets a year at its facilities in Oxnard, California, has been certified for its sustainable growing practices by BloomCheck.
Sunshine Floral’s operation includes over 1 million square feet of greenhouses and a 15,000 square-foot warehouse. In its 25 years, Sunshine Floral has become

Only Farmers Can Change Farming

Article originally published in Innovation Forum on April 11, 2019.
By Chris Wille

Only farmers can change farming

There’s no substitute to working closely with farmers on-the-ground for real and effective transformation in agriculture, says Chris Wille

Many well-intended companies will not meet their 2020 zero-deforestation targets. The cattle agreement and soy moratorium in Brazil, which were already porous,

Why half of LODI RULES sustainable vineyards are now located outside of Lodi

By Randy Caparoso. See original story here.

View of Vino Farms’ Grand Vin Lands – a showcase LODI RULES for Sustainable Winegrowing vineyard – through one of its meticulously cultivated, bio-diverse insectories
Lodi is known for its heritage Zinfandel and, increasingly, its huge diversity of grapes and wines (over 100 commercially grown varieties, by recent count). Where else in California

Pyramid Flowers Achieves BloomCheck Certification

Story originally published here.
Pyramid Flowers Achieves BloomCheck Certification
For Fred Van Wingerden and Pyramid Flowers, receiving BloomCheck certification was validation of the company’s longtime sustainable practices.
Meeting BloomCheck’s rigorous certification standards didn’t mean a whole lot of changes at Pyramid Flowers’ operation in Oxnard, California, where it grows a variety of cut flowers on nearly 100 acres