Trade talk: NZ’s push for sustainability

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.

New ZealandAnyone 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?

One Response to “Trade talk: NZ’s push for sustainability”

  1. Julian Richards says:

    Being that current science points out that low-to-mediocre crop production, weed, disease and insect pressure are all symptoms of nutritional imbalances and inadequacies, NOT the result of a lack of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides. Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to consider a progressive ‘sustainable or regenerative’ farmer/grower as one who knows and actually APPLIES this ecological science, along with a measure of common sense?

    Sustainable Winegrowing NZ current system of allowing synthetic petro-chemical agricultural inputs ‘IS’ unsustainable in the sense of the word. A further push towards removing these inputs(not just systemic) would have more credibility and impact on improving growers ability to farm biologically within the ecological systems at work in their environment, that they ‘ARE’ impacting upon. This would also allow the grower/farmer to state with ‘integrity’ their practices are truly environmentally sustainable, instead of the usual ‘Green Wash’ being touted by the industry!

    True progression of the sustainable wine-growing ‘label’ must be ecologically focused. Ticking a box for one good cancels one bad is not sustainable, that’s feels more like complacency! This feeling of quiet pleasure or security, often while unaware of some potential danger, defect, or the like; self-satisfaction or smug satisfaction with an existing situation, condition, etc is unsustainable!

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