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Saturday, September 19, 2015

Why America's Deadly Love Affair with Bottled Water Has to Stop

Last year, Americans drank more than 10 billion gallons of bottled water. Wildlife and the environment paid.

This spring, as California withered in its fourth year of drought and mandatory water restrictions were enacted for the first time in the state’s history, a news story broke revealing that NestlĂ© Waters North America was tapping springs in the San Bernardino National Forest in southern California using a permit that expired 27 years ago.

And when the company’s CEO Tim Brown was asked on a radio program if NestlĂ© would stop bottling water in the Golden State, he replied, “Absolutely not. In fact, if I could increase it, I would.” That’s because bottled water is big business, even in a country where most people have clean, safe tap water readily and cheaply available. (Although it should be noted that Starbucks agreed to stop sourcing and manufacturing their Ethos brand water in California after being drought-shamed.)

Profits made by the industry are much to the chagrin of nonprofits likeCorporate Accountability International (CAI), a corporate watchdog, and Food and Water Watch (FWW), a consumer advocacy group, both of which have waged campaigns against the bottled water industry for years. But representatives from both organizations say they’ve won key fights against the industry in the last 10 years and have helped shift people’s consciousness on the issue.

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19 comments:

Anonymous said...

When Smallsbury stop poisoning the water by adding fluoride, I will stop buying bottled water. Funny how that was not mentioned in the article. There are lots of reasons I drink non poisonous water

Anonymous said...

3:33 Why don't you buy a water filter and make your own bottled water at a tenth of the price and quit wasting other resources?

Anonymous said...

4:04 because a water filter does not remove fluoride, and you throw out the water filters, hence waste, you have to produce the water filter, hence waste. at least I recycle my plastic. So what "other" resources am I "wasting"

What else ya got?

3:33 - 1
4:04 - 0

Anonymous said...

6:07 Obviously you never did any research and heard about the Berkey PF2 Fluoride Water Filter among other types of filtering systems to remove fluoride. After all how do you think they get it out of the bottled water. Also you obviously didn't read the article where you would have found out about the other resources you are wasting even with recycling your plastic. But why am I wasting my time with you.

3:33 -2
4:04 +2

Anonymous said...

10:25 you are wasting your time because you do not have a point.
Both products need manufacturing and create waste.
Which means you have no argument whatsoever
You just like to hear yourself espouse BS
Did you happen to notice in your research all the plastic and filter media in your Berkey PF2 Fluoride Water Filter? And not only do I have to buy the filters I have to buy the system to put, canisters, hoses, etc. Can you imagine the resourses wasted making that?~?

Pick you poison loser and enjoy your foul tasting water.

3:33 winner
4:04 loser

Anonymous said...

4:04 - sadly you can't read either. The filters only REDUCE the fluoride, not remove it

ding, ding, ding, ding, we have a winner ....3:33

Anonymous said...

Or you could quit worrying about the fluoride you ingest through tap as well as bottled water considering all the other contaminants you ingest and breathe in throughout the day and quit being a loser.

3:33 is the real loser afraid to drink tap water because of fluoride. What a loser. Bet you even eat processed meat and hot dogs and have a sub at Subway with your pal. Probably eat crabs and catfish too.

Anonymous said...

Spring water does not have added fluoride, so it does not have to be removed.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to burst your bubble and crush your assumptions, but I do not eat processed foods and buy organic for what it is worth. I recycle everything I can and even participate in the Freecycle program. I even have my own cloth grocery bags.

I do not eat fast food either except I do enjoy chipotle on occasion.

Some of us do subscribe to loving and protecting the earth and ourselves as best we can.

But you enjoy polluting yourself with your GMO foods, over processed boxed garbage and toxic water poisoned by your government. Keep popping those pills and sheeplly standing in line for your government big pharma mandated vaccines too.

And I will keep consuming my spring water, growing and buying organic, and free/recycling my waste. I would rather have a little dirt on my food or in my water than have the government poison me by medicating my water unnecessarily.

Can you baaah like the sheeple that you are?

I am not "afraid" nor do I "worry". I made a life style choice, and per everything you said, it appears you have made the wrong choice.

So in the big scheme of things, and by your own admission, you pollute and waste many more resources than I do with my 1 big bottle of spring water a week that gets thrown into the recycle bin.

Your argument is weak and slinging insults and making BS up only makes you a bigger loser than you were 3 comments ago.

Anonymous said...

I could see buying bottled water in Salisbury but not because of the fluoridation. You really should look up the amount of fluoride in some bottled water including spring waters. Talk about a weak argument and making up BS. Also I don't believe you only drink 1 big bottle of spring water a week. What is it a 10 gallon bottle.

Also I don't believe your BS about not eating processed foods. Unless you only eat fresh from the garden fruits and vegetables and grow your own chickens and catch your own fish and only buy your meat from a butcher there isn't any way you can eat a meal in todays world that you can have without it having been treated and processed with chemicals and preservatives. Even if you did all those things I mentioned than you would still have been exposed to countless chemicals via the air you breathe.

IMO you are just another hypocrite trying to make themselves feel superior to others. I would rather be a sheeple as you call me than a misguided hypocrite thinking that you are actually living a healthy lifestyle. As far as buying organic for what it is worth, it isn't worth it. Read up on some of the articles about organic foods.

Where in any of my posts did I "by your own admission, you pollute and waste many more resources than I do with my 1 big bottle of spring water a week that gets thrown into the recycle bin". Quit making up lies. Never said or implied any such thing.

Just for your info I believe fluoridation of water is a big waste of money and a useless operation but so is buying bottled water. Long live Brigadier General Jack D. Ripper P.O.E.

Anonymous said...

Brita, Pur, and other Filters
These filters do not remove Fluoride

Anonymous said...

Fluoride in water is about more than just teeth. It’s about members of the political class who are on a power trip, and see themselves as ‘tweaking’ humanity. Or rather, they see themselves as ‘enhancing’ humanity.

Anonymous said...

As you know, the apparent cover-up of the link between water fluoridation and a seven-fold increased risk of osteosarcoma in young boys, shown by the research of Dr. Bassin, is now national news. Major newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have covered the story. The Environmental Working Group has petitioned the National Toxicology Program to classify fluoride as a human carcinogen based in part on Dr. Bassin's work. (We recommend EWG's petition as a succinct and authoritative overview of the total weight of peer-reviewed evidence supporting the classification of fluoride as a human carcinogen.) EWG has also caused an investigation of the cover up to be started by Harvard and NIEHS, which funded the research.

Anonymous said...

the reality is that fluoride is a very dangerous chemical with serious risks of harm to both health and the environment. In truth, there are actually two different forms of what is called fluoride - calcium fluoride and sodium fluoride.

Calcium fluoride appears naturally and is confined, for the most part, to underground water sources and, in some instances, seawater. [3] In this form it is relatively benign, but prolonged exposure has been linked to skeletal and dental fluorosis. [4]

However, sodium fluoride, the form of fluoride that is added to most municipal water supplies, food, and drink, is a very dangerous and toxic chemical.

It does not occur naturally and is not even one distinct substance. Rather, it is a conglomeration of many different chemicals that is given the name of sodium fluoride and paraded as a health benefit. It is essentially a mix of waste products from the nuclear, aluminum, and fertilizer industries.

It is also used for rat poison and pesticides.[5]

The results of having water supplies contaminated with fluoride reads like a laundry list of health problems:
cancer
genetic DNA damage
obesity
thyroid disruption
reduced IQ
lethargy
chronic fatigue
inability to focus
Alzheimer’s disease
accelerated aging
sleep disruption
brain disorders
calcification of the pineal gland, etc.
Interestingly enough, sodium fluoride also causes dental fluorosis, a yellowing and hardening of the teeth that causes teeth to break and wear down.

This is quite ironic considering that the ADA promotes fluoride as an additive that prevents decay and promotes healthy teeth.[6]

Anonymous said...

Fluoride was used by Nazis to sterilize inmates and make
them docile. Fluoride a key dumbing-down ingredient of
Prozac and Sarin nerve gas and many other medications.

Anonymous said...

Scientific evidence over the past 50 plus years has shown that
sodium fluoride shortens our life span, promotes various
cancers and mental disturbances, and most importantly, makes
humans stupid, docile, and subservient, all in one neat little package.

Anonymous said...

In the case of water fluoridation, according to the above authors, the chemicals that go into the drinking water that more than 180 million people drink each day in the United States are not even pharmaceutical grade, but rather a hazardous waste product of the phosphate fertilizer industry.

Anonymous said...

Historically, fluoride was quite expensive for the world’s premier chemical companies to dispose of, but in the 50s and 60s, Alcoa and the entire aluminum industry - with a vast overabundance of the toxic waste - somehow sold the FDA and our government on the insane (but highly profitable) idea of buying this poison and then injecting it into our water supply as well as into the nation’s toothpastes and dental rinses.

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for your TIN FOIL HAT MADNESS.