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French vineyards turn ‘green’ using genetics, robots

| January 22, 2013

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An Earth-friendly future for French wine could include disease-resistant grapes, solar-powered robots, and lighter packaging, as vintners innovate to slash their environmental footprint.

“We can’t keep functioning like this, polluting the Earth,” Alexis Raoux, sustainability manager for the Bordeaux-based drinks group Castel, told AFP.

“What feeds us is the soil. If we continue like this, in a few decades the land will be polluted and our wine won’t be any good.”

Perhaps the most dramatic green innovation in the French wine world is in the field of disease-resistant grape varieties, the culmination of more than three decades of genetic research.

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