GMO Wines & Vines
There is an interesting AP story making the rounds today about an effort to combat various wine grapevines…using genetic modification.
They ask the right question in the story: will the wine industry and consumers happily adopt the idea of vineyards planted with genetically modified vines, let alone the wines made from them?
The effort is taking place in Missouri at a place called "Center for Grapevine Biotechnology", where it turns out they are also part of the global cooperative project to uncover the genetic make up of the world’s grapevines via "International Grape Genome Program."
Here in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties there is a very strong movement against the use of GMOs. Mendocino County banned the use of them. In Sonoma there was a similar ballot measure that failed. But it wasn’t a landslide.
I wonder if it is already enough to ask consumers to look at the vintage, the varietal, the appellation and the pretty picture on the label without asking them to look somewhere on the product for the symbol or message indicating if the wine was made with GMOs?
Seems to me the scientific work is surely worth while. The question is will the effort ever turn from pure science to practical use.