30 mars 2008

Attention aux pesticides (2)

La réaction des institutions agricoles à l'étude de PAN dévoilée voici quelques jours ne s'est pas fait attendre. Réponse du berger à la bergère, puisque aux écologistes répondent des organisations de protection des récoltes, et aux parlementaires européens d'autres parlementaires européens.

Voici donc les arguments développés par la défense des pesticides, ou à tout le moins, par la défense du statu quo (en anglais, désolé):

 

Committee of Professional Agricultural Organisations in the EU/
General Confederation of Agricultural Co-operatives in the EU

The study presented on Wednesday is not representative of the European wine sector. Pekka PESONEN, Secretary General of COPA-COGECA, said: “It is highly questionable how representative a sample of 40 bottles is, when the EU wine sector produces an average of 184 million hectolitres per year. The only traces of plant protection products in sampled bottles were found to be authorized products. What is more, they remained significantly below what has been scientifically assessed to be safe.”

It is in the interest of the European wine sector to prevent the presence of harmful substances in its products, to respect European legislation on phytosanitary products (legal limits, etc) and to lobby for the withdrawal of any carcinogen, mutagen and other health damaging pesticides from the food chain.

The Secretary General concluded: “The alarm raised by this report will only fill consumers with fear and is completely unjustified, inappropriate and irresponsible.”

 
EVP-ED (Euro-Democrates)
Christa Klass, MEP
 
“All the substances tested by PAN are legal and authorised. The residues values found in the 40 wines are well below the levels that can cause health concerns. Before “cutting-off” substances we need scientific proof that these are bad. General judgements by the Greens are pure populism at the expense of the consumers who become insecure and are misguided.”
 
 
European Crop Protection Association
 
Responding to this report, Dr Friedhelm Schmider, Director General of the European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) said:
 
“Drinking wine poses no health risk for European consumers with respect to pesticide residues. The European wine industry is extremely successful – in fact, the EU is the largest producer in the world, responsible for 60% of worldwide wine production.  This success is based on a number of factors – not least heritage, quality, affordability and safety.  Our industry is proud to contribute to this success. Wine grapes are a sensitive crop, and growers need to protect their vineyards from pests and disease – particularly with the anticipated impacts of climate change.  Pesticides provide the tools necessary to protect wine grapes, often complementing available organic methods.”
 
“The PAN report confuses detection of residues with exceeding limits.  Both the use of pesticides and monitoring of residues are very carefully controlled by independent scientists. Maximum residue levels are set well below levels that could cause a risk to humans, to build in a substantial safety margin.  Widely practiced responsible use by growers, which the industry actively promotes, and rigorous testing means that only a tiny percentage of wine grapes (0.3% in one recent study) exceed limits – and none are remotely near levels that could be dangerous to human health.  Put simply, there are no recorded incidences of health problems from residues in wine.”
 
“Campaigners in favour of a ban on pesticides should fully consider the implications – on our wine industry, and European agriculture more generally.  Maintaining a key European industry and growing enough safe, affordable fresh produce locally is surely the most important thing.”
  
Rut Rey, Junior Consultant
 
 
Voila, tout le monde a pu s'exprimer. A vous de juger, maintenant. Quant à moi, je doute toujours que la défense des récoltes doive passer avant la santé des buveurs (et des viticulteurs eux-mêmes). Et à quoi bon pousser les rendements quand tant de vin aboutit à la distillation? Revenons-en aux choses simples. Produisons moins, mais sain. Buvons moins, mais meilleur. Achetons du vrai vin le prix qu'il vaut. Les productivistes ne désarmeront probablement jamais, à moins que le consommateur ne se détourne de leurs produits. En ce sens, l'avenir est entre nos mains. 
 
Votre avis m'intéresse, bien sûr. 

 

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27 mars 2008

10 ans de Viré Clessé

Les 19 et 20 avril 2008, de 10h00 à 19h00, le cru Viré-Clessé fête ses 10 ans. Au programme des réjouissances, découvertes des vins à Quintane, dégustations commentées, ateliers de cuisine, produits du terroirs, musique et artisanat.
Qu'on se le dise! Et pour ceux qui souhaitent réviser leurs classiques, voir le dossier consacré dans In Vino Veritas aux Blancs du Mâconnais.

 



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