Chickens gather in a vineyard near Nordheim, Germany. Organic wineries are increasingly using animals to keep pests and weeds at bay. Photo: Getty Images Chickens gather in a vineyard near Nordheim, Germany. Organic wineries are increasingly using animals to keep pests and weeds at bay. Photo: Getty Images
Chickens gather in a vineyard near Nordheim, Germany. Organic wineries are increasingly using animals to keep pests and weeds at bay. Photo: Getty Images

Organic wineries combat pests and weeds using animals, from chickens, sheep and pigs to snakes and armadillos

  • The growth in organic and biodynamic wine production has seen an explosion in the use of animals that prey on vineyard pests to replace toxic pesticides
  • Meanwhile, sheep and pigs make the perfect eco-lawnmowers, making herbicides redundant, and horses and mules work the soil without compacting it

Topic |   Food and Drinks
Chickens gather in a vineyard near Nordheim, Germany. Organic wineries are increasingly using animals to keep pests and weeds at bay. Photo: Getty Images Chickens gather in a vineyard near Nordheim, Germany. Organic wineries are increasingly using animals to keep pests and weeds at bay. Photo: Getty Images
Chickens gather in a vineyard near Nordheim, Germany. Organic wineries are increasingly using animals to keep pests and weeds at bay. Photo: Getty Images
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