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Nestlé says it’s reconsidering pursuit of McCloud (CA) facility

By Charlie Unkefer, Mount Shasta Area Newspapers

Nestlé’s decision to move forward with a water bottling plant in Sacramento (pictured below) could have a bearing on its plans for a facility in McCloud. “In four to six weeks, we will let McCloud know if we will continue with our (McCloud) plans,” company representative Dave Palais […]

An Environmental Group’s Campaign of Wry Lies Against Bottled Water

By Stephanie Clifford, New York Times

CAN an ad campaign turn bottled water into the new tobacco? Taking a cue from anti-tobacco campaigns, Tappening, a group opposed to bottled water on environmental grounds, has introduced a campaign called “Lying in Advertising,” that positions bottled water companies as spreading corporate untruths.

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Bottled Water Consumer Protections Less Stringent than for Tap Water

“The FFDCA does not specifically authorize FDA to require bottlers to report test results, even if violations of the standard of quality regulations are found.”

“….FDA deferred action on DEHP [a chemical used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride plastics] in a final rule published in 1996 and has yet to either adopt a standard […]

Defending Water in Maine Calendar

For more events in Maine see the Defending Water in Maine Calendar.

Nestlé: Draining America Bottle By Bottle (series)

By Joseph Trento and Norah Shipman of DC Bureau.

PART 4 – How Nestlé Got Millions and Millions of Dollars From a $230 Permit It takes a smart and politically well-connected company like Nestlé to get a drought-stricken state like Florida to give it tens of millions of dollars worth of water…

PART 3 […]

Should nature be able to take you to court?

By Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow, Boston Globe

Last February, the town of Shapleigh, Maine, population 2,326, passed an unusual ordinance. Like nearby towns, Shapleigh sought to protect its aquifers from the Nestle Corporation, which draws heavily on the region for its Poland Spring bottled water. Some Maine towns had acquiesced, others had protested, and one was locked […]

Waterville (ME) Opera House packed for World Premiere of “Tapped”

Over 250 people packed the Waterville (ME) Opera House for the World Premiere of “Tapped” on Sunday, July 12. Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottle water.

Grassroots organizations from Fryeburg, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Wells, Shapleigh and Newfield celebrated before the film with the […]

The Politics of Water in the Himalayan Watershed

By Kenneth Pomeranz, New Left Review and Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, July 2009

“…Indeed, a recent story in the Economist noted that many of these land deals seem to be aimed above all at the water rights that go with the land; it quotes the chairman of Nestlé referring to them as ‘the great water […]

Vancouver (BC) Teachers Group calls for bottled water ban

Today at the park, around Noon, an ambulance (and fire truck!) was called for a little girl. Apparently, she fainted due to dehydration. It can happen much more quickly for kids than for adults. So, make good use of the water fountain (or water balloons – several kids were drinking from those) while at the […]

Refining Trade Deals

Editorial, Bangor Daily News

Global trade will become more of an economic force in this century than ever before. But the United States, the dominant player in global trade, must improve the way it formalizes trade with other countries. Depending on the details of agreements, trade can create prosperity or poverty in developing nations, and […]