3 Compelling Reasons to Switch to Organic Wine
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Here at The Essential Life, we are huge proponents of living organically, sustainably & healthfully. We encourage vegetarian & vegan diets, we share as much information about natural living as possible, & we talk a lot about the merits of using & consuming organic produce & products. Sharing information on these topics is important to us as one of our goals is to make organic living more accessible by offering advice, tips & pertinent information to help The Essential Life community on their wellness & organic living journeys.
Another thing that we're somewhat passionate about is wine drinking. We love a glass of wine with dinner & we find wine to be the perfect compliment to a night out with friends. It also just tastes so darn good.
With our love of wine in mind, we decided to make the switch to drinking organic wine & here's why.
Why You Need to Switch to Organic Wine
In order for the wine you drink to be certified organic, it must pass a number of tests to receive the stamp of approval from the government. Not only is it necessary that the grapes used in the wine be grown without pesticides, all material used on & around the grapes must be chemical free.
Grapes & the California growing operations of the 60s & 70s, are what prompted the government to re-think the use of DDTs. As cancer rates & birth-defects soared amongst those working the fields, it became apparent that these pesticides had severe health consequences & the use of DDTs is now banned in most developed countries throughout the world. This hasn't solved the problem of the high instances of cancers amongst grape growers, however. There is a a very tangible link between the high instances of cancer in Napa Valley & the use of pesticides.
While you might think that, as a wine drinker, this doesn't apply to you, it does. If the use of the chemicals affects those who grow the grapes, what do you think is ending up in your body? Pesticides. These pesticides build up in your body over time & have a strong linkage to cancer.
No Harmful Additives
Organic wine contains far fewer additives than non-organic wine. For most wines, this means there will be less sulphites added into the wine that you drink. Sulphites do occur naturally in food in small amounts, however, they are added to a lot of food & drink to prevent spoilage.
While the affects of the high-levels of sulphites being added to our food is hotly debated, one thing that is agreed upon is that there is a section of the population who have a sensitivity, or even full-blown allergy, to foods containing synthetic sulphites. If you are one of those people, switching to organic wine is a must.
What is more, prolonged & ongoing exposure to foods with high-levels of sulphites, has been shown to cause sensitivities & allergies to sulphites. So, even if you aren't sensitive to sulphites now, limiting your exposure to them will help guarantee you won't develop a sensitivity later.
Drinking Organic Wine Helps the Environment
When pesticides, herbicides & insecticides are used, they have a profound & detrimental effect on the environment. Thee harmful chemicals can contaminate soil, water & air &, in addition to killing pests & insects, can kill birds, rodents & other organisms which are beneficial to the environment & necessary for the preservation of precious ecosystems.
When we drink & consume non-organic products, we are harming our own health & the health of the environment. The only one who benefits from the use of pesticides & chemical additives are the growers & producers who experience larger crop yields, which amounts to more money. While grape-growers are, in general, not sinister individuals out to take advantage of the land & make people sick, as consumers, we do have a responsibility to make good purchasing decisions. One good purchasing decision is buying organic wines.
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