Biodynamic Wine is More Sustainable, Spanish Study Finds

by Adin Bonapart

A 2014 study by Villanueva-Rey et al. found that environmental impacts from viticulture are substantially reduced with biodynamic practices, as opposed to conventional methods. The environmental impact reductions obtained from biodynamic grape-production systems are attributed to an 80% decrease in diesel fuel, pesticides, fertilizers, and other external inputs. Diesel use is the main source of environmental impacts for viticulture, and is up to 4 times lower in biodynamic systems resulting from differences between mechanized farming techniques in conventional vineyards and the implementation of artisanal methods in biodynamic wine-growing. Continue reading