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Saturday, 26 April 2008

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Kate

Also, the people who actually live in Fiji are without clean water because it is monopolized by this ridiculous business. That's enough for me right there!

Michael

Dear Celia,

I appreciate it your comments. Yes, I drink bottled water whenever I think the tap water is suspect or unavailable. I am posting this from Baku, Azerbaijan, and since I do not know about the municipal water supply I am drinking bottled water (and of course, there is no guarantee that is safe here).

You may be surprised to learn that municipal water supplies in the USA are regulated more stringently than bottled water. There is no guarantee that the pharmaceuticals found in some tap water are not in bottled water. In fact, if you are drinking bottled water, you are likely drinking some bottled municipal water.

As for your claims about Fiji water, that's your choice. But if you must drink bottled water, there are certainly bottled water brands that do not come from halfway around the world - perhaps some locally-available brands. I would bet that you could not ID Fiji water in a blind test.

You are right about other beverage industries contributing to the landfill issue. I target bottled water because there is no usually no good reason to drink bottled water when when have the kind of tap water we have in the USA. I am also concerned about disinvestment in municipal drinking-water supplies.

And yes, I drink diet Coke and Pepsi. I also recyle my plastic and aluminum cans. Someone once criticized me for drinking bottled soft drinks and criticizing bottled water. My response: I will stop drinking soft drinks when they come out of my tap for vitually nothing. Enough said.

Celia

I understand that some are concerned with bottled water consumption when tap water is available. But good tap water isn't available everywhere! And personally, I'm increasingly concerned with drinking tap water due to the amount of chemicals we continue to find which have already caused mutations in fish... If we are to target water and use of petroleum, shouldn't we target all beverage manufacturers? Is Pepsi any less guilty of contributing to waste in landfills just because their beverage contain something other than water? Pepsi also ships their product all over the world. In my opinion, bottled water simply provides a healthy alternive to the soda/ juice industry. And fiji is certainly the most delicious water I've ever tried.

robert

The NYTimes has a good story today about the environmental cost of shipping groceries around the world which fits perfect with this post.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/26/business/worldbusiness/26food.html?em&ex=1209355200&en=24c7b0554935fcaa&ei=5087%0A

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