Add a Little Wine to Your Dinner Tonight

Wine has always had a following in the United States, even with the popularity of beer on the rise, and today is a day to embrace the bottle, since it is National Wine Day! With millennial’s drinking more wine than the generations before them, wine sells have increased in the past few years. But, like with anything, too much of a good thing has brought with it lawsuits. There was a recent lawsuit in which people sued over the levels of arsenic in about 80 different types of wines. All of the wines listed in the suit were less expensive, and are a lighter wine, or blush. It made me think to check out what is considered acceptable when it comes to arsenic in our food and beverage.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance in the earth. Arsenic can be found in soil, and since grapes grow in the ground, it is a small leap to arsenic being in the grapes used for wine. But what is safe when it comes to arsenic consumption. According to the EPA drinking water can have 10 ppb (parts per billion) of arsenic in the water you drink. Now, this is where it gets interesting. According to the NPR.org the EPA does not have standards for wine, but if you look at Canada their standard is 100 ppb. The site goes on to say, “none of the wines tested by Beverage Grades tested higher than 50 ppb. And three-quarters of the bottle of the roughly 1,300 bottles of wine reportedly tested below 10 ppb, which is the EPA’s allowable limit for arsenic in drinking water”. The result, the case was dismissed, since the bottles are labeled warning about drinking, and really much of the wine was satisfactory for the levels of arsenic found. If you are concerned with the levels of arsenic in your wine, then perhaps drinking a slightly more expensive bottle, or switching to red is a good plan for you. Otherwise, remember the levels found in most of the bottles, is the same as what is coming out of your tap, that you wash your fruit and brush your teeth with.

Enjoy your wine!

Cesar Chavez Day

Who was Cesar Chavez? We spend a day honoring him, here in California as it is a state holiday, but not federal, perhaps it should be though. Cesar Chavez, according to History.com, “was a prominent union leader and labor organizer. Hardened by his early experience as a migrant worker, Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962”. He wanted to make farm work better for all of the farm workers out there. He knew the poor were treated terribly, being in that situation himself, he wanted things to be better. He is known for his grape strike, joining a group of Filipino farm workers in Delano’s grape fields. He was a part of the Farm Workers Association at that point, using that to take the grape strike to the steps of Sacramento during the famous march of 1966, bringing both the grape strike and consumer boycott into the national consciousness. Click here for more information on the march specifically. 

 

Chavez devoted his life to improving working conditions for farmers, specifically the migrant workers. The History.com article states that, ‘for thirty years Chavez tenaciously devoted himself to the problems of some of the poorest workers in America”. Through his efforts, he succeed in raising the salaries and improving working conditions for the farm workers in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas. What an inspirational man.