Trade talk: NZ’s push for sustainability29th August, 2014 by db_staff - This article is over multiple pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
New Zealand may be ahead of the sustainability game with almost all producers signed up to some sort of sustainability accreditation system, whether that be the country’s own Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ), or certified organics, biodynamics or ISO 14001, but the situation on the ground is far from a one-size-fits-all model.
Anyone hoping for a single index that measures producers’ paths towards increasing sustainability is sadly disillusioned.
The country’s activities towards sustainability goals illustrate well that a mix of national and regional issues exists. It is only by taking an individual look at principles and practices that producers are able to continue to make progress towards greater sustainability. This inevitably involves trade-offs that influence decisions — both philosophical and commercial.
With this in mind, we asked eight New Zealand producers what is the current priority when it comes to improving your sustainability credentials?