Carbon dating wine
The decay process takes time and there is value in being able to express the rate at which a process occurs.
A useful concept is half-life (symbol is \(t_\)), which is the time required for half of the starting material to change or decay.
Really, as an artist, I guess I should care a bit more than just red or white wine. One does not simply call rose, scarlet, flame, candy apple, cherry, or garnet all just “RED.” KATE We're out of boxed wine.
During natural radioactive decay, not all atoms of an element are instantaneously changed to atoms of another element.
(Fertilizers, along with pesticides, can still pollute the local environment though, and some wine producers are moving to more organic wine-growing practices.)Likewise, the carbon dioxide released from the fermentation of wine grapes makes up an insignificant percentage of the total emissions associated with wine production.
Fancy wines, craft beers – if it tastes good when you’re drinking it then I say it’s a good wine, beer, whiskey, what-have-you.
I’ve never understood the complexities of a fine wine, so I’m totally in Kate’s corner on this one.
Transporting heavy glass bottles uses much more fuel, and therefore has a bigger impact, than lighter glass or other alternative packaging, which some winemakers are turning to."You're starting to see more wines coming out now in alternative packaging — bag-and-box format, box tetrapack, boxed wine, and even some distributors now are producing wines in plastic bottles — and the only reason is because it's lighter," Colman said.(Despite the stigma of boxed wines, Colman said he thinks they can gain acceptance because they also give the consumer more bang for their buck, as he wrote in a op-ed this summer.)Of course, wine's carbon footprint pales in comparison to other factors, such as electricity generation, and even to other agricultural products, such as corn.
But Colman thinks it's still important to think about the impact our activities have on the planet."Wine is relatively small, but I don't think that invalidates talking about it, because I think that for a couple of reasons, it helps us consumers think about that everything that we do has a carbon footprint, even something as small as having a glass of wine," he said.