"In fact, 17 different insecticides, herbicides, and fumigants are used in wine production, many containing possible carcinogens."
by CaltonNutrition on Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The holidays are upon us and this means that there will be a lot
of opportunities to go out and celebrate with family and friends. While we usually
focus on eating Rich Foods, offering tips on how to swap foods out and still
enjoy the celebration, in this blog we want to make sure your libations
are liberated. That is, we want
to make sure you are enjoying wines free of toxic pesticides and
Where does wine come from?
We know, silly question, right? Grapes of course. And what do we know
about the safety of eating grapes? Well,
if you are part of the Rich Food Revolution you should remember that grapes are
on our list of the Terrible Twenty. This is because studies show that wine grapes
are bombarded with a medley of dangerous toxins. In fact, 17 different
insecticides, herbicides, and fumigants are used in wine production, many
containing possible carcinogens. According to Californians for Pesticide
Reform, in California, where 90% of domestic wines are produced, grapes receive
more pesticides than any other crop: 59 million pounds in 1995 alone.
And don't think that just because you are drinking fine French
wines you are safe…. Au
contraire mon ami. A study commissioned by the French consumer magazine Que
Choisir and conducted by the Excell enology lab, analyzed 92 wines from
around France for 165 chemicals related to vineyard treatments. 33 chemicals
found in fungicides, insecticides and herbicides showed up in wines, and every
wine showed some detectable trace of chemicals. They even found residue of an
insecticide and a fungicide banned in the EU. And all you French Bordeaux
lovers beware because the highest pesticide count was found in a bottle of 2010
Bordeaux, with 14 chemicals detected, followed by 2012 Bordeaux with traces of
(If you haven't seen the movie Food Beware: The French Organic Revolution- check it out, it really opened our eyes about the importance of drinking organic wines.)
However, if you enjoy wine, like we do, all is not lost. Winemakers have heard the cry for organics
loud and clear and today more and more winemakers are creating organic wines
that are not only pesticide free, but delicious as well!
This holiday season we urge you to support organic
Serve organic wines at your holiday party.
Ship wines as a holiday gift that says you are toasting to your
friends and families good health.
Bring wine as a host/hostess gift when attending a party. This way you are guaranteed a safe, pesticide
Our friends at Handley Cellars make some fantastic organic wines
for you to enjoy… and we worked with them to make them a little easier on your
budget too! Winemaker Milla Handley, made the decision to apply for organic
certification, because there were so many homes in the area, and she felt it was
important to keep her neighbors healthy. The Estate Vineyard was CCOF certified
in August 2005 and they work tirelessly to keep the vines thriving. They use
compost and mineral supplements to build the soil, thus fostering stronger (micronutrient
sufficient) plants that are less susceptible to disease. They avoid using
pesticides and herbicides, allowing beneficial insects to flourish.
There is no better gift (other than health) than time spent with
friends. We want you to enjoy a bottle
of healthy organic wine with someone you love this season.
CLICK HERE to take advantage of this special 10% off offer on an assortment of their fine organic wines. This is what we will be serving at the Calton
household this season. We hope you too will raise a glass, and support folks
creating Rich Food wines for us all to enjoy! Have a very happy and health
Mira & Jayson