Monday, January 19, 2009

Tequila production wreaks havoc on environment

If you're drinking something called "tequila," it has to be distilled from agave cacti grown in the Jalisco region of Mexico. That's because Mexico has a "geographical indication" (GI) attached to the word "tequila," which means they'll sue your pants off if you put it on anything else. Even if you grow the agave a hundred miles from Jalisco, you'll still get sued.

Sounds fair enough. But a surge in tequila demand around the world over the past 20 years has lead to surge in agave cultivation in one place, Jalisco. This has, of course, resulted in "environmental degredation,"
one researcher told New Scientist. Other regions with geographical indications -- Bordeaux, Champagne, for example -- beware. If you want to protect your cultural food and drink treasures, "sustainable production practices" need to be a part of the GI framework.

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