Dear all, greetings! I am a relatively new member, but I am already wondering whether TWS is really right for me, as there appears a very passive, bordering on unethical, attitude toward the harms of non-organic wine production, and very limited organic wine on offer. So I just wanted to hear from others?
I am an environmental academic, and through familiarity with current scientific research I completely avoid non organic wine for 3 ethical & health reasons: toxic chemicals used in non-organic farming harm (1) the vineyard ecology, soil and downstream water systems, (2) the health of farmers & winemakers and (3) the health of the drinker (me, my family and guests). to expose oneself to non-organic wine is an experiment in toxicology I prefer to avoid.
There is overwhelming evidence to support these statements, and it has not be controversial to say as much in the environmental science circles I work in for years. Although it is impossible to quantify how much harm these poisons cause, and especially the effect of the normal regime of combination multiple applications. But to argue otherwise is to deny the evidence.
the World Health Organisation finally acknowledge that glyphosate herbicides are ‘probably carcinogenic’ , its banning by some countries and massive compensation payments against glyphosate manufacturers for causing cancer to users.
expanding agricultural systems without ecological sensitivity is driving a global biodiversity extinction event through destroying natural habitats
Synthetic Nitrogen fertilisers are a major driver of climate change and destroy soil structure.
Perhaps the most urgent issue right now is protecting one’s immune system, which organic wine supports, whereas toxic residues in prevalent in non-organic wine compromise.
There is a very long list of problems, and change is urgent. But these facts are unpopular to those ‘in the business’ who profit from the status quo and don’t seem to want to change. Non-organic vineyards can be amongst the heaviest users of agricultural chemicals, and create the most sterilised ecologies.
So I don’t think it is unreasonable to only want to support an organic production system, and to only want to drink organic wine. If I am offered non-organic wine I politely decline .
I am looking for a wine merchant that knows their job, understands the real world and is earnest about their ethical responsibilities. So I am dismayed with TWS’s limited catalogue of organic wines, which seems to reflect an apparent lack of understanding of or concern over the problems with wine mentioned above. Further, from what I have read of TWS publications there seems at times a rather condescending attitude from some TWS buyers as if organic wine is a faddish deviation from the mainstream (toxic chemical – dependent) winemaking they are accustomed to, rather than the responsible alternative.
I tried writing to TWS last year on this issue, but didn’t get much substantial response.
I am just wondering if anyone else here is bothered by this issue? If not I guess I need to forget TWS and go back to Stone Vine &; Sun, Vinatis and the other excellent merchants that do offer a realistic organic catalogue.
If anyone wants more details on scientific research on the problems let me know.