Who Needs a Drink?

Depending on which way the cookie crumbled for you last night with the election, you could either use a drink in celebration or in sorrow. This article from Green America suggests that you make it organic!

Photo from Green Earth Cafe & Bakery

Organic Beer and Wine

If you consume alcoholic beverages, try organic beer or wine. They’re better for your health and the planet, and they taste good, too.

Historian Gregg Smith writes that fermented beverages have been nourishing body and enlivening spirit since the very dawn of civilization, dating at least as far back as when the ancient Mesopotamians began storing away “liquid bread” for later use. If you already consume alcoholic drinks, consider buying organic beer or wine for your social engagements and celebrations. There’s a growing number of refreshing offerings from the vine, the grain, and the orchard that contribute to restoring the environment, empowering workers, and protecting your health. Not only are organic beer and wine better for your body, but you may find they taste better than their non-organic counterparts, too.

Why Go Organic?

Choosing organic beverages means that the grapes, barley, hops, apples, and other ingredients used to make your fermented refreshment are spared the application of toxic insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, and fertilizers. These unhealthy chemical inputs pollute our water, air, and soil. Researchers at Cornell University estimate that at least 67 million birds die each year from pesticides sprayed on US fields. The number of fish killed is conservatively estimated at six to 14 million. And, many pesticides are toxic to humans, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency. Not only does chemically intensive farming devastate ecosystems and harm human populations, it also contributes to the crisis in family-owned farms. The US lost an estimated 650,000 family farms in the last decade. Organic farming, on the other hand, is proving to be small-farmer friendly-most organic farms are less than 100 acres.

Chemical-free organic drinks often taste better, too. Just ask Andrew Myers, dining room manager at Washington, DC’s Restaurant Nora, America’s first certified organic restaurant. “I recommend organic wines and beers to our customers because of their excellent quality, not just because it’s the right thing to do,” says Myers.

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GRE(v)EN(ts): TONIGHT! Week 4 of the Lucky 7 Lecture Series at North Country Arts Council

TONIGHT: Week 4 of the Lucky 7 Lecture Series
at Arts on the Square – 52 Public Square, Watertown, NY
7pm
Cost: $7/person, $15/family of four
Tickets available at the door or at The North Country Arts Council’s website: www.nnyart.org

March 22nd: “The Art and Science of Wine”
Presented by Stephen Conaway – President, Thousand Islands Winery, Alexandria Bay

Join Stephen Conaway of the Thousand Islands Winery as he helps us to explore wine as both a science and an art – since the art side of winemaking is a crucial step in the winemaking process. He will share his experiences with the natural relationship between wine and art and its impact on local culture. He will also explain how New York law affects the sale of art at NY wineries and local art is an integral piece of winery marketing.

See entire lecture series schedule here, read the Watertown Daily Times article here and see the Channel 7 interview here.