photo of the author in Eden Valley, Barossa Ranges by MARIE LINKE
" ... Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold
Last year, kickling and struggling, the wine world was dragged toward the internet.
Bing? Bung! Now the Spanish have discovered the stuff in dangerous amounts in their vignoble aquifers, it’s pretty obvious it doesn’t simply disappear. Here is a chemical designed by experts to kill living things, brutally and efficiently. It now seems possible that it limits the amount of essential minerals plant roots absorb, and its plant residue is being accused of killing the flora in the animal gut, which is being linked to human obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. I won’t even mention the new claims about mental illness. This is the sort of thing the University and the Wine Research Institute should be exploring: has the wine industry's widespread use of Roundup affected Australia’s waters? How long will the stuff be there? What is it doing to us?
Which is to be expected, really. 33 years in this racket has taught me that most Australian winemakers don't read anything unless it's about them.