Stefano Zanette, president of the Prosecco DOC council, said that he wanted to voluntarily ‘eliminate’ the use of one particular herbicide and two fungicides in the Italian sparkling wine production zone.
It is part of the council’s strategy to improve Prosecco’s sustainability credentials.
‘Even if permitted by law, these elements seem to have become a source of concern for both local residents and consumers,’ said Zanette.
‘I am committed to ensuring that the ban of these active ingredients is binding, i.e. mandatory for all producers in our denomination.’
He named the three products as the Glyphosate herbicide and the Folpet and Mancozeb fungicides.
None of the three chemical sprays named are forbidden under European Union rules.
Petition – European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI): Ban glyphosate and protect people and the environment from toxic pesticides
Almost half a million people have signed a petition, started in February, calling for a European ban on glyphosate, regulatory reform and mandatory targets for reducing pesticides use.
If the number of signatories reaches a million, the European commission will have to consider a legislative proposal under its citizen initiative rules.