Posted: Dec 06, 2022
Documentary filmmaker Brian Lilla says he moved from Oakland, California to Napa to get away from gun violence, because he and his wife wanted to have kids. Once there, he discovered grapegrowers spraying Roundup on their vines and it disturbed him enough to make a movie about it.
"Children of the Vines," despite the title and the Napa setting, isn't really a wine movie. Instead, it is an extremely effective scary documentary about the omnipresence and danger of Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate.
It's only 83 minutes long. My wife was working in the next room while I watched it; English isn't her first language and I didn't think she was paying attention at all. But as soon as it finished, she came out and said: "We have to stop buying non-organic vegetables." It's that effective.
Lilla showed the film last week in a free screening at Cross Walk Community Church in Napa. Afterwards there was a panel discussion including Spottswoode winemaker/vineyard manager Aron Weinkauf and a wine buyer for Dry Farm Wines, a website that sells only organically grown wines.
"There was a very in-depth discussion of Napa Green, and is it really green," Lilla told Wine-Searcher.
In fact, Napa Green is a local "sustainability" program that allows growers to use Roundup. The film shows that those grapegrowers are behind the times, as the city of Napa has banned Roundup on city property, as has Sonoma County. If any Napa Green growers watch the film, they may have second thoughts.
By W. Blake Gray
Source and Complete Article: wine-searcher.com
Date: December 5, 2022
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