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Reduced planting density initiative approved in Champagne

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The proposal reduces the mandatory density of planting from 8,000 vines per hectare to approximately 6,000. This would be accomplished by allowing 2.2 metres between rows, essentially removing every other row. The stated purposes include reducing the cost of maintaining the vineyards and therefore the time necessary to maintain them. This has been put forward as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and proponents estimate that such emissions would be 20% lower under the measure, leading some to describe it as an environmentally-friendly initiative and not merely a cost-saving one. The measure was put forth by the Syndicat Général des vignerons de la champagne (SGV), which is the organisation on the ground responsible for [...] Voir l'article complet sur Decanter

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