Biodynamic Winemaker Prosecuted For Not Using InsecticidePosted by Organic Wine Journal on Nov 26, 2013 in News
Emmanuel Giboulot, a biodynamic winemaker in Beaune, has been threatened with a €30,000 fine and six months in prison for not treating his vines against the flavesence dorée disease.
Giboulot is being prosecuted by the DRAAF-SRAL (an arm of the Agricultural Ministry that has enforcing powers) for not following the Cote d’Or-wide directive to systematically treat vines against the leaf hopping insect known as scaphoideus titanus.
My father began converting to organic farming in the 1970s, and we are now fully organic and biodynamic,’ Giboulot told decanter.com. ‘I don’t want to undo decades of work applying a treatment where the effects on the health of the vines, and the public, are as yet unproved.