Friday, July 4, 2008

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Wine contains ethanol that the human body breaks down to its primary .... In conclusion, the decision to drink wine is a personal one. ...

Choosing Natural Cork Wine Bottles Is an Environmentally Friendly Choice

The fear is real and the worries valid when we hear that 2 million tons of oil derived plastic bottles were dumped this year in landfills. As an aside, add to that environmental nugget the fact that we drank water and other liquids from those very same bottles which had possibly leached deadly, toxic chemicals into our beverage. No wonder health and environmentally savvy folks are choosing metal water bottles like those from Sigg Switzerland and Klean Kanteen.How does cork fit into this picture? It should be no surprise that the more we learn about the health benefits of resveratrol the more demand for wine. As this demand grows so does the demand for plastic; because by the year 2015, the future wine market will have replaced almost all cork stoppers in wine bottles with plastic screw caps, which will continue to add to our already over-burdened landfills. Also because of this switch from cork to plastic, the future of ancient cork-oak forests of the Mediterranean that have supplied almost all wine stoppers for centuries, is severely threatened.The largest and most profitable use of harvested cork worldwide is for wine stoppers. Cork is a renewable material made from the fiber stripped from cork trees that can then regrow. Most of these forests that grow cork-oaks are privately owned putting them at a greater risk for neglect or sale.Though the majority of wine bottles still contain natural cork stoppers, plastic is the new kid on the block, and more and more winemakers around the world are switching to it because of its convenience and to avoid cork mold which can taint the wine. Understandably, the environmentalists and cork producers are worried. If the demand for cork goes down, so will these ancient forests. If the trend continues toward plastic screw caps, 3/4 of cork-oak forests could be lost within the decade.Cork trees can live for hundreds of years and harvesting cork is an age-old practice that has depended on the wine industry to keep it alive. Close to Atlantic and Mediterranean mineral deposits, cork oaks have perfect conditions in Portugal and Spain to flourish. These vibrant, great oaks help protect the soil from drying out and provide shelter for a wide array of biodiversity.The survival of exotic wildlife including the Iberian Lynx, Barbary Deer and the Egyptian Mongoose along with rare birds such as the Imperial Iberian Eagle and the Black Stork depend upon the continuation of these cork-oak forests."Cork-oak forests rank among the top biodiversity hot spots in the Mediterranean and in Europe. They are the backbone of an entire economy," says Nora Berrahmouni, coordinator of World Wildlife Federation’s (WWF) Cork Oak Landscapes program.

Drinking Alcohol Raises Breast Cancer Risk as Much as Smoking Cigarettes

Consuming three or more alcoholic beverages per day raises a woman's breast cancer risk approximately as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes daily, according to a large-scale study presented at the European Cancer Conference in Barcelona, Spain.Researchers said that the increase in risk was also equivalent to that from taking estrogen hormones.The study included 70,033 women in the United States of various different ethnic backgrounds. All participants had received health exams between 1978 in 1985. By the year 2004, 2,829 of the women had received a breast cancer .Women who drank three or more alcoholic beverages per day had a 30 percent higher breast cancer risk than women who consumed less than one drink a day. Women who consumed once to two drinks daily had a 10 percent higher risk. There was no significant difference between red wine , white wine, beer or liquor in terms of the increased cancer risk, and all results were consistent across age and ethnic groups."Population studies have consistently linked drinking alcohol to an increased risk of female breast cancer," said researcher Arthur Klatsky. "But there has been little data, most of it conflicting, about an independent role played by the choice of beverage type." He noted that while few women drink heavily, a 30 percent increase in risk is so significant that it may account for up to 5 percent of all breast cancer cases.Klatsky commented that it is unclear why red wine has benefits for the heart but still increases breast cancer risk, speculating that red wine may reduce risk factors of cardiovascular disease that are unrelated to breast cancer. "The coronary benefit from drinking red wine may also be related to favorable drinking patterns common among wine drinkers or to the favorable traits of wine drinkers, as evidenced by US and Danish studies," he said.According to Klatsky, the main conclusion to be drawn from the study is that heavy drinkers have yet another reason to "quit or cut down."

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