International group endorses PNW sustainable wine program

05/02/2012 04:03:00 PM
The Grower Staff

Low-Impact Viticulture and EnologyThe International Organization for Biological Control of Noxious Plants and Animals has endorsed the Northwest-based LIVE program's third-party sustainable vineyard and winery certification program.

The Salem, Ore.-based LIVE—or Low-Impact Viticulture and Enology—program comprises about 25,000 acres in Oregon and Washington, according to a news release.

Producers must complete two years of membership and meet specific criteria before being certified.

Members also must undergo third-party audits to verify their practices.

The international bio-control organization was founded in 1955 to promote environmentally safe pest control, and members include scientists, governments, and scientific or commercial organizations.

Each year, LIVE must reapply to the IOBC for international endorsement, which proves compliance to GLOBALGAP standards.

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