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CONFERENCE ON COPPER on THURSDAY 18th, OCTOBER 2018
In Organic Viticulture, copper is the only authorized and effective mineral product to fight against mildew. Other fungicides, often suspected to be carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic are banned in organic agriculture as are all chemical pesticides.
As part of the process of European re-registration of the active substance Copper, the EFSA, the European agency in charge of the report, advocates a further reduction of the authorized dose to 4 kg / ha for all productions, without the possibility of multi-year adjustments. This recommendation will be put to the vote of the Member States this autumn.
Alarmed by this regulatory project, the Association of Organic Champagnes, ACB, and Bio en Grand-Est carried out a survey on the use of copper in organic viticulture in Champagne for the years 2012-2017. This survey reveals that organic viticulture in Champagne will not survive if this new regulation becomes law.
Historically, the doses used have already been greatly reduced in all wine regions. The specifications of organic farming limit the dose to 6 kg / ha / year of copper metal on average calculated over five years (principle of adjusting).
The reduction of the authorized dose to 4kg / ha, will simply make it impossible to manage the vineyards in years with high mildew pressure for the organic winegrowers of Champagne.
This regulation, which would also lead to the loss of organic viticulture in other wine regions such as Bordeaux, Charentes, Loire, Center, Burgundy ..., seems in complete incoherence with the public will to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. Organic farming is by far the most efficient in terms of usage of chemical products.
It is in this alarming context, that the ACB, Bio en Grand-Est and the FNAB, have decided to organize a conference on Copper in Organic Viticulture. The aim is to inform and alert the entire wine industry, the citizens, and public authorities, on the harmful consequences of the draft European regulation for organic viticulture and the environment in our country.
SALON First Official Organic Champagne tasting in London - 29 OCTOBRE 2018 - FEED BACK
The Association des Champagnes Biologiques organized in collaboration with the journalist Caroline Henri, the First Official Organic Champagne Tasting in London, Monday, October 29, 2018. During this tasting at Pelham's Lords Cricket Ground, 18 certified producers, representing the different soils of Champagne, had the pleasure of sharing their vintages and their vision of viticulture with a professional and amateur public of high quality.
First Official Organic Champagne tasting in London - 29 OCTOBRE 2018
It's with great pleasure that the Association des Champagnes Biologiques (ACB) would like to invite you to its First Official Organic Champagne tasting in London.
Certified organic champagne remains a rarity. Of the 33,000 appellation hectares, only 600 are certified organic or in the process of being certified. And if just 2% of the champagne production surface is organically engaged, certified organic cuvees make up less than 1% of the total production.
In this exclusive tasting, 18 certified organic producers from all over the region look forward to share their grape growing and wine making vision as well as their cuvees with you. We have opted for an intimate setting to stimulate proper interaction and quality exchange with the winemakers; however this means spaces are limited. Don't miss out, and register now at Eventbrite.
29 October 2018 - First Official Organic Champagne Tasting
Pelham's, Lords Cricket Club, St John's Wood
St John's Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN, UK
TRADE TASTING FROM 10am TO 5pm
Free admission, registration required :
PUBLIC OPENING for a Consumer tasting FROM 6pm TO 8pm
Entrance: £ 35 - limited tickets available. Don't miss out, and register now at Eventbrite :
Also available, a Guided tasting "Terroirs and Varieties": Entrance £25
BULLES BIO EN CHAMPAGNE - Developments
9th EDITION / ON Sunday 15th, APRIL 2018
The 9th edition of BULLES BIO EN CHAMPAGNE was a great success.
The Manège de Reims did not empty during the day of Sunday, April 15, 2018.
530 professionals came to meet the 41 producers of the Association des Champagnes Biologiques,
showing the ever increasing interest of the world of wine for the Organic Champagnes.
BULLES BIO EN CHAMPAGNE
9th EDITION / ON Sunday 15th, APRIL 2018
This event takes place at Manège de Reims
2 Boulevard du Général Leclerc - 51100 Reims
For wines professionals only.
Free but compulsory registration.