Saturday, August 04, 2007

The New Pepsi Challenge


The headline, Pepsi forced to admit it's bottling tap water, gave me a chuckle. It's the transcript of a Democracy Now show about bottled water; about how Coke, Pepsi and Nestle are all selling tap water at premium prices. All this at a time when many consumer advocates are saying that tap water in American cities is much safer than many bottled waters. Amy Goodman from Democracy Now added,

The environmental impact of the country's obsession with bottled water has been staggering. Each day an estimated 60 million plastic water bottles are thrown away. Most are not recycled. The Pacific Institute has estimated 20 million barrels of oil are used each year to make the plastic for water bottles.
One of the leading groups against bottled water is Corporate Accountability International who sponsored the Think Outside the Bottle campaign to raise awareness.

Michael Blanding, who wrote the article The Bottled Water Lie, says the situation goes well beyond oil and garbage,

And it's even a more critical issue in other countries where water scarcity is a real problem, so places like India, where Coca-Cola and Pepsi have actually really depleted communities, and farmers have been unable to grow their crops, it's kind of been a double whammy. They've taken the water, and then the water that they -- the waste water they've dumped back has been polluted, in many cases. And so, that's one issue, is just the depletion of water from the plants themselves.
To be fair, not everyone agrees with this, the folks over at the Age of Reason blog believe it's just another communist plot.

What's the Blackfoot saying about how you can't eat money...

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