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http://www.epicurious.com/articlesguides/blogs/editor/green/Why Organic Wine? My crowd loves it’s wine, but no one ever brings organic wine. I would venture that most of them have incorporated some version of eating more healthily and organically, yet, seem not to stretched out to organic spirits! I say this, since that turns out to be the case for most people who are taking responsibility for their health and the health of the planet. At least, it was the case in 2003. Since, 6 years later, there’s still this pattern in my circles, I suspect it’s still there everywhere else, though changing.

Here’s some of what I have learned from Natural Home (one of my most favorite magazines of all!).

Organic wine needs to breathe before it is consumed, so it’s good to let it be uncorked for 2 – 24 hours! before imbibing. Enzymes in organic wines are alive, making these wines even more healthy for us. Try tasting them 2 hours after being uncorked, then 4 hours, 6 hours, 12. The taste will continue to change as the wild bitterness of the alive enzymes tames. Good for our digestive system, yet they begin to vinegarize within one week.

Perhaps people avoid the organic wines because they assume they will not be as good, but even by 2003, organic vintners were beginning to win blue ribbons gold medals.

Did you know that conventional vintners add the sulfur dioxide or sulfites to “ensure stabilization and increase longevity, apply hundreds of chemicals to eradicate pests and prevent disease, and use animal products to clarify wine” (May/June 2003)? Organic wine growers create much healthier soil conditions that result in better tasting grapes, reduce groundwater pollution and soil erosion, and are much better for the farmers, and those who work the vineyards.

Did you also know (I didn’t ) that the EPA (that bastion of health consciousness–not!), says that 60% of all herbides, 90% of all fungicides, and 30% of all insecticides now used are carcinogeni (according to the townhall coalition’s website)! Any wonder that cancer seems rampant?

Even Giant Eagle now carries a few brands of organic wine: Daily Red, Bonterra, and Frey are all found there. Natural food stores often carry many more brands of organic wines.

So, what important reason can there be for not drinking organic wines?



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As I anticipated another season of a landscaping company’s gasoline guzzling mini monster mowers zig zagging across my yard, I decided that this was the year that I said “no.” It would be a reel mower. I’ve wanted one forever. It so fits with my ideas of green living, to use a human propelled mower. I would be in greater congruence within myself; it would be great.

Research, though, suggested that my yard was too big for a reel mower. That’s if my yard is 8,000 sq. ft. or more, which while big is probably not that big. But the thought of how big my yard is and how hard it might be pushing it up the steep incline that spans about 150 feet, and suddenly, I lost my nerve.

But what about electric? So, I got myself a nifty electric mower and a weed eater, cords, and plastic string for the eater. And started mowing. A little over 2 hours later, I’m about 3/4’s done, but haven’t started the weed eating yet.

So, I’m not throwing gas smoke into the environment, but how much electricity am I using? And how much more eco-conscious is my decision? Turns out that depends on the power plant from which I receive my electricity. So, it may not be as environmentally friendly as I’d like AND, since it’s a small engine, then there are EMF’s (Electro Magnetic Frequencies) coming off of it as I push it (so I carried a resonator in my hand to harmonize the EFMs, so I’m not experienceing energetic pollution)  and I wonder as I trudge back and forth, is this worth it? I am getting exercise and not paying the wellness center $75 for the privilege. AND then there’s the savings of $250 or so a month (from not paying the landscaping company), but, I make over $100 an hour, so in addition to the $340 for the lawnmower, I’ve now spent $250 worth of my time and I’m just over half done. So, $590 and counting…

That’s a lot to not send dirty, polluted smoke into the air I breathe, my neighbors breathe, and the plants and animals breathe. Breathing, oh right! as I’m out pushing away, having spent all this money, and now I remember that I seem to be allergic to some of the weeds outdoors. Great! No problem, I’ll just get some homeopathic remedies for allergies.

Is it worth it? I think so.

Did you know that Americans burn more than 800 million gallons of gas yearly. AND every year, there’s more than 17 million gallons of fuel spilled — more than the Exxon Valdez leaked in 1989.

Gas-powered lawn mowers are responsible for 5 percent of the nation’s air pollution, (EPA), One gas mower running for an hour gives off as much pollution as eight new cars driving 55 mph for the same amount of time, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

The pollutants include carcinogens from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, hydrocarbons, nitrogen oxide and smoke particles.

The next step is to replace grass with ground cover or gardens and then get that reel mower, and have the joy of mowing my lawn while listening to the birds and breathing deeply, remembering to have plenty of homeopathic spray on hand! Being a steward of this land is an honor.

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