Wine producers in Bordeaux's St.-Emilion hope to improve the health of their vineyards and eventually eliminate pesticides with an ambitious, community-based biodiversity project-the Functional Landscape and Biodiversity Initiative. It will create miles of "green" corridors throughout the 20,000-acre region, allowing spiders, ladybugs and other natural predators of vine pests to move among the 1,100 wine estates, reducing vintners' need for chemicals. Various flowers and plants that attract these predators will also be planted. Strategically located hedges will limit fertilizer runoff and soil erosion.
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