Our journey continues to discover the various elements that make up the advantages and difficulties of organic viticulture.
The time has come to understand what impact biology has on the use of the planet’s resources which, as we all know by now, are not infinite …
Studies show that organic farming, when compared to conventional, is characterized by a reduced environmental impact on components such as air, soil, water, flora and fauna. The most important benefits deriving from following organic practices are:
- Less demand for fossil energy
Organic farming consumes on average 30% less energy per unit of product thanks to the use of low-impact means and techniques and sales chains that tend to be shorter or even km0.
We know perfectly well that in our case the supply chain is not always short: despite all the first part of growth and processing of our wines takes place within a few kilometers, everything must then reach the final consumer. Medici Ermete sells in Italy, but also in countries very far from us such as the USA, Japan and Australia. We also plan to work on this issue in the future because we realize how it is becoming more and more important for everyone. For the moment, however, we have focused on our impact in the countryside and in the cellar.
- Less water consumption
The implementation of non-intensive productions, combined with the use of organic fertilization alone, promote the accumulation of organic matter in the soil, which is essential for improving the growth efficiency of plants and effectively retaining water in the soil.
Over the years, Medici Ermete has lowered the yields per hectare of its vineyards compared to what is allowed by the disciplinary. This leads to less exploitation of land resources and a consequent lower consumption of water.
- The absence of treatments with synthetic pesticides and fungicides
Vineyard management practices following organic principles favor the plant’s natural self-defense. For this reason, healthy and uncontaminated soil is an indispensable condition. A series of interventions are therefore carried out aimed at improving soil fertility and plant resistance to pathogens and environmental stresses, all in respect of ecosystems and limiting treatments as much as possible.
As we have already seen in the last article dedicated to Generation 2031 (which you can read by clicking here) at Medici Ermete we have not used fertilizers and pesticides for some time, but only copper, sulfur and other resistance inductors allowed in organic farming that help us to trigger spontaneous self-control processes that give stability and resilience.
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