IN SUPPORT OF THE COP15 CONFERENCE ON BIODIVERSITY. FROM THE GREAT PLANETS TO THE WINE SECTOR EVERYONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SUPPORT OF THE EARTH
Scientists gathered in Canada for COP15, the United Nations conference dedicated to the theme of biodiversity, agree on the fact that we are facing the 6th mass extinction, the 1st since man occupied the planet bringing a large part of responsibility. The heads of state have enormous responsibilities towards this issue on which the very destiny of man's survival on Earth depends, but the reality is that everyone must make his own contribution, especially when dealing with activities that have an impact on the environment such as agriculture, tourism and agri-food. In this context Annalisa Zorzettig , woman of the Colli Orientali del Friuli wine, intervenes in defense of the importance of safeguarding biodiversity.
" The theme of biodiversity involves any form of life on the planet, we must be increasingly aware of this - says the producer Annalisa Zorzettig of Zorzettig Vini - I am really excited to learn that these issues are discussed globally, with precise and measurable objectives , such as the protection and restoration of environments, but we must remember that it is essential to integrate biodiversity into the production processes of each type of activity.As a wine producer, I feel the great responsibility of providing a service for the maintenance of environmental integrity, which every day, for generations, it has allowed my family to cultivate vines, and share a territory, through wines that express our identity.Intensive cultivation can have a strong impact on the environment, which is why in the company we study, evaluate and weigh the work program, and management of the vineyard, together with our agronomist, Antonio Noa cco. A vision that aims to be effective in the short, medium and long term, bringing benefit to the entire ecosystem, through agronomic practices aimed at restoring the entomofauna, with particular attention to sustainability, applying concepts inseparable from tradition. Our ancestors, in fact, without having codified the theme of biodiversity with precision, managed to translate an instinct to protect the environment, considered as the most precious asset. For this reason we continue to preserve, with great commitment, the wooded environments that surround our vineyards, acting as an oasis, and natural regulators of the climate in the different seasons; a practice that even in a dry year like the one just past, has allowed us to better manage water problems. We also work a lot on the grassing between the rows, through calibrated green manure, using native seeds, and based on the different nature of the land. In some historic vineyards, we manage spontaneous grassy meadows, promoting biodiversity and the repopulation of beneficial insects. Furthermore, for some years now we have introduced a project dedicated to ecological infrastructures which aim to restore the balance between the inside and outside of the vineyards. These platforms are created through the planting of shrub and tree species of native origin, made up of old biotypes of fruit now almost extinct, as they are not particularly performing in production, now owned by the nursery of the State Forestry Corps of Tarcento. A series of these certified plants has been entrusted by ERSA to Zorzettig and we are using them for the creation of ecological infrastructures, with gradual flowering from April to July, to guarantee a continuous source of nourishment for the beneficial insects which, unlike the harmful ones, they are polyphagous.
This is the thought and vision, which consider it a privilege and an ethical duty to take care of the environment, enhancing the naturalistic aspect, associated with the cultivation of the vine, in an integrated way ".