Save the Oceans Drink Wine!

By February 7, 2011Ocean Solutions

I never thought I would write those words. Just saying “Save the Oceans Drink Wine!” out loud doesn’t sound right, but there is a reason why I write them. I went on a wine tour in Niagara Falls, Ontario, close to where I live. The Niagara area is well known internationally for various wines, ice wines, and sparkling wines. I’m not a wine connoisseur at all, but I had the chance to go on a wine our for a friends birthday. At first, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy it because I really got into wine like some of my friends. But as I was on the tour, I noticed something that I never thought I would ever notice. Wine makers are really into the environment.

It makes sense that wine makers would be into the environment. They are farmers. They take pride in their product and keeping their product as natural as possible to preserve the quality of the grapes. In other words organic matters and not necessarily for environmental reasons, but for maintaining the quality of the product. In addition to the product being organic, the wine makers compliment their meals at their restaurants with local organic products. Their reasoning, again, is not for the environment, but to enhance the quality of the wine.

The importance of the email lie in the fact that the wine makers in the Niagara Region do not buy organic or natural products to save the environment. They do it because it enhances the wine product. It’s a completely different way of thinking then the message people normally broadcast to eat organic foods: reduce your impact on climate change by eating locally grown food. Perhaps the message should change to “Eat organic food because it is good for you and it enhances your wine experience.” So how does this pertain to protecting the Oceans? Easy, organic food reduces carbon emissions due to less transportation. Less carbon in the air decreases the chance of climate change. Reduced climate change means lower sea temperatures, less melting of ice, lower sea levels, and better environment.

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