The ecology of wine
About 20 year ago, the Raimat winery, one of the largest in the world, shifted from traditional to sustainable production. Modern technologies like GPS and GIS, allows the winery to monitor pests, fields to be fertilized and biodiversity in their crops much more accurately. These methods enable them use pest controls and natural fertilisers much more local and only where needed. The ultimate goal is to bring back a “natural” balance in the vineyards without compromising the quality of the product or the profitability of the company. The sustainable practices of Raimat have shown to have a very positive effect on preserving local biodiversity and every year the ecological balance in the fields is improving.
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This briefing is part of the EEA's report The European Environment - State and Outlook 2015. The EEA is an official agency of the EU, tasked with providing information on Europe’s environment.
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