Update: Amazing new documentary you can help fund: “Children of the Vine”

Update: Editing process started and they could use some funding…..

“Children of the Vine”, new documentary on the impacts of the wine industry’s “sustainable” practices. (Let’s just stop using this word as it is only greenwashing used by corporations to make you feel good when you buy their products and instead use the word “regenerative” farming ….)

“Glyphosate is everywhere throughout our food chain. We know Roundup contains many other chemicals, which when mixed together are 1,000 times more toxic than glyphosate on its own.”

– Dr. Robin Mesnage, Dept. of Medical & Molecular Genetics, Kings College


A global nightmare is unfolding as farmers and scientists stand at a crossroads questioning the impacts of pesticides and herbicides on human health. At the center of this controversy is glyphosate, the primary active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world. Glyphosate was recently identified as a possible cancer causing agent and is now found in breast milk, baby food, wine and 80% of food grown in the United States.

Why is glyphosate filtering into so many facets of our daily lives? And why are countries banning glyphosate while the United States uses more of it than any other country in the world? Children Of The Vine will peel back the curtain on the flawed regulatory practices that are causing more harm than good to public health while also revealing the scary science behind toxic farming practices. In the end, this solution driven documentary will highlight more sustainable large scale farming practices capable of feeding the world.

Children of the Vine Director

Brian Lilla is an award winning director whose films have had positive repercussions around the globe. Lilla’s documentary Patagonia Rising investigates the impacts of a proposal to build five large-scale dams in the heart of Patagonia, Chile. After airing on Netflix, The Discovery Channel and multiple international television stations, Patagonia Rising helped inform Chile’s final decision against building the dams. Variety Magazine has described Lilla’s work as “Intelligent and awe inspiring”, while the New York Times wrote his work is “Beautifully filmed and patiently explained”. Lilla lives in Napa, California, with his wife and two children.


Children Of The Vine is currently in production and is seeking financial support. Sponsored by The Center For Independent Documentary (CID), any financial donations to are tax deductible through CID’s 501(c)3 sponsorship program.

For mail in checks, please make checks out to The Center For Independent Documentary with Children Of The Vine in the memo line. Send to:

The Center For Independent Documentary
c/o Children Of The Vine
1300 Soldiers Field Road, Suite #4
Boston MA 02135

Corporate Sponsors

Children Of The Vine is being made possible by individual, corporate and foundation giving. We are proud to receive support from the following organizations:

  • Patagonia, Inc
  • CAP Foundation




  1. Alan

    It is news to me that other “very toxic” chemicals are found in the glyphosate products . If true, then the label permitting sale of product should be pulled, and the matter investigated. If glyphosate is found in wine I wonder what application misuse could achieve such a negative situation.There are rules of use for glyphosate which are punishable by law. I am very concerned that the stories reported here are from application misuse and not, as alleged, because of the chemical. When absorbed by green tissue glyphosate is absorbed systemically and kills the vine. I note that the space between the rows in a field is sprayed in Winter before bud break. This will not be absorbed into the vine. I am suspicious of the quotes offered by the authors on the severity of the problem.

    • Janus Matthes


      Yeah sure there are rules for application of this toxin and who will do the monitoring, what a joke. Even organic wines and most beers now have glyphosate residues so even the “professional” by your account are not applying correctly? I think not. It has been proven Monsanto has mislead, bribed and bullied regulators for decades to say this product is safe.Rodale did a study over 20 years and found the toxin still in the soil. If you went over and poisoned your neighbors lawn you’d be hauled off to jail. There is NO down side to corporate polluters…small fine, slap on wrist. Maybe if we started jailing the CEO’s maybe they’d be better neighbors? True sociopathic behavior.

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