saving local jobs is a fairly poor one.Agriculture world-wide and cetainly in Europe has lost millions of jobs over the last hundred years yet no-one blames Europes unemployment rate on that fact.Subsidising ineffiecent or unwanted industries wastes money and delays reform.Half of the European Unions budjet goes to supporting farmers who over produce the worlds most expensive food.Would you now stop wine producers from finding alteratives a better way of sealing bottles.I bet the sellers of clay pots and goat skins cried when glass bottles were introduced as well.
From Janis Robinson the Ft's wine writer:
'The most bizarre PR campaign mounted by the cork industry is that every plastic cork or screwcap represents a nail in the coffin of southern Portugal's ecosystem. Even Britain's Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and Prince Charles have been persuaded by this argument, which is pretty rich considering that total worldwide demand for natural corks continues to increase at an extremely healthy rate as wine producers in the most important wine-producing countries switch from selling in bulk to bottle. It will be a long time before cork forests shrink as a result of a switch to screwcaps and plastic cylinders.'
From the same site : http://www.jancisrobinson.com/jr850.htmTher