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Bottled and Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water par [Gleick, Peter H.]
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Présentation de l'éditeur

Peter Gleick knows water. A world-renowned scientist and
freshwater expert, Gleick is a MacArthur Foundation "genius," and
according to the BBC, an environmental visionary. And he drinks from the
tap. Why don't the rest of us? Bottled and Sold shows how water went
from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful
commercial products of the last one hundred years-and why we are poorer
for it. It's a big story and water is big business. Every second of
every day in the United States, a thousand people buy a plastic bottle
of water, and every second of every day a thousand more throw one of
those bottles away. That adds up to more than thirty billion bottles a
year and tens of billions of dollars of sales. Are there legitimate
reasons to buy all those bottles? With a scientist's eye and a natural
storyteller's wit, Gleick investigates whether industry claims about the
relative safety, convenience, and taste of bottled versus tap hold
water. And he exposes the true reasons we've turned to the bottle, from
fearmongering by business interests and our own vanity to the breakdown
of public systems and global inequities. "Designer" H2O may be
laughable, but the debate over commodifying water is deadly serious. It
comes down to society's choices about human rights, the role of
government and free markets, the importance of being "green," and
fundamental values. Gleick gets to the heart of the bottled water craze,
exploring what it means for us to bottle and sell our most basic

Biographie de l'auteur

Peter H. Gleick is President of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland, California, and is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship for his work on water issues.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great book for anyone who drinks water 24 avril 2010
Par W.E. Polis - Publié sur
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This is a rare book: its both a pleasure to read and very revealing. From scores of interesting stories and well-researched evidence, an expose emerges -- what seems to be pure and easy (grabbing that bottle) has far-reaching impacts -- not to mention health risks!

How did bottled water become so popular? What are the impacts on the environment? What's in the bottle? And, most importantly, what are the alternatives? The author answers these questions in a fast-paced and engaging style. The chapter on the "modern medicine show" is hilarious --"positive energy water" and "oxygen water" are some examples he discusses.

All in all, the author makes a passionate and well-supported case for improving our tap water, rather than hitting the bottle for every sip. And in doing so, he uncovers some of the amazing waste and deception tied up with our current approach. The solutions he presents and the vision he outlines for a "soft path" left me with some hope for the future -- and a thirst for something from the tap.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Bottled Water Menace 25 juillet 2010
Par Rob Hardy - Publié sur
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When I go running in these hot summer afternoons, I have to make sure to drink plenty of water beforehand. It used to be that I could get a drink of water at a halfway point on at least one of my usual routes, but the public water fountain there stopped flowing a few years ago, and though the structure remains, no one seems motivated to restore the flow of water that is the reason it is there. It's probably just low on the priorities, I used to think, and when they get around to it, I, and the rest of the public who drink water, will have a fountain again. That there may be something more to the delay in repair of my drinking fountain, something tinged with malevolent greed, would be hard to prove, but that is also a possibility, shown to me in the book _Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water_ (Island Press) by Peter Gleick. The author is scientist who has published books and papers about the world's water, where we get it, and how we use it. Like me, he drinks tap water (it's nice to have experts agree with you), and uses water fountains when they are available. You should, too, and for a bunch of reasons he details that are sometimes obvious and sometimes surprising.

Water fountains, and not just mine, are disappearing. Part of the reason bottled water is so ubiquitous while public drinking fountains are disappearing is that that's just what the bottled water manufacturers want. Gleick demonstrates that they have played upon our fear of germs and contaminants. "Tap water is poison!" says one ad from a bottled water company. The bottled water industry has other advertising tactics to bring us around, of course. Particular waters are depicted as likely to make us skinnier or sexier. "A good advertiser can sell us something we don't want or need," advises Gleick. "A truly great advertiser can convince us to pay a thousand times more than we're already paying for something we already have. Like water." He has a chapter on absurd medical claims that are made for brands of mere water, including water that has been especially blessed by both Protestant and Catholic religious authorities. Claims that those waters have special powers are stupid, but are the less frivolous claims any closer to true? There's not a good way to tell. We do have good, frequent testing of our tap water; if contamination occurs, we hear about it quickly on the news (to the delight of water bottlers, I am sure). Gleick shows how impotent are the regulations on bottled water. Contamination, if it is ever discovered, may not be reported until weeks after the product has gone to market shelves, and there is no requirement that the water be automatically recalled or the public informed. Some bottling of waters has gone seriously wrong. Sure, you might find mold or bacteria in the bottled water you bought; if you are very unlucky, however, you will find parts of crickets. Yes; crickets were in the water bottled in a plant in Texas in May 1994, and the water was distributed to grocers. Of course, there was a recall. The recall came seven months later. There are plenty of other reasons to trust tap water over bottled. Bottlers just lie to us. It is good advertising to make us think that water is "Arctic" or "Glacier". Arctic Falls Bottled Water is bottled not in the Arctic, nor from falls, but comes from New Jersey, as does Glacier Mountain Natural Spring Water. You can get real Alaska water if you buy Alaska Premium Glacier Water; it comes out of the Juneau Municipal Water supply, pipe 111241 to be exact. Many bottled waters are just bottled tap water. Those bottlers that do withdraw water from "natural" sources have time and again sucked enough groundwater from below so that flows of surface water have been reduced, and the environment changed. Bottlers poison the environment; not only does all that plastic add to landfills, it takes plenty of energy to make it, and then lots more energy to transport the loaded plastic bottles to wherever they might be sold. Tap water has no such issues, of course.

Things may be changing. At Google headquarters, for instance, employees themselves arranged for environmental reasons to end the free distribution of plastic bottles of water to all employees. National sales of bottled water, which shot up starting in the late seventies, seem to have peaked and may be on their way down permanently. Cities like New York and Paris have programs to brag about their harmless, healthful municipal water. Gleick's hugely informative and amusing book ought to help this movement along. While you are waiting for the public water fountain to be restored, take bottled water with you. Buy a durable stainless steel container. Splurge and spend a lot of money on one of fine design, if you like, or decorate it yourself, and put the word "Arctic" on it. Fill it at your tap, and voila. You won't be doing yourself any harm, you will avoid the harm that bottled water does to the environment, and you will be far less impoverished.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Review From Books & Wine 10 juillet 2010
Par April - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Bottled water is seductive. We drink it thinking it's healthier and better for us than the water that comes out of our sinks. When we are done with the bottles, they typically go into landfills. Reading Bottled And Sold by Peter H Gleick has further opened my eyes to this 'scam.' As basically the manufacturers of this product put out ads about how it's so much more healthy than tap water, it'll make you lose weight, and in some instances will cleanse the soul of the sinner, via blessed holy water which is also sold for profit.

Bottled And Sold is a non-fiction book about, obviously, the selling of water. It goes into depth on the environmental impact of consuming bottled water. I should probably confess right now that I used to drink bottled water until I decided it was ludicrous for me to spend over a dollar per bottle on something I could get from the tap for free. Call me cheap. Call me environmental. I prefer to think of it this way, each dollar I save by drinking tap water could go towards a new book.

Gleick explores the difference between tap and bottled water, and describes blind taste tests conducted. These tests basically found that there was no true difference in taste that people were able to detect. Other tests conducted found tap water to be more regulated and safer than bottled water - as proven by a Cleveland test of, I think, Evian water.

I think if you are interested in the green movement, or preserving the Earth, then this is something you should read. It is not dense nor is it full of unreadable mumbo-jumbo jargon. It talks about how basically if you buy bottled water sold separately at the gas station, you wind up paying around 5$ per gallon, more money than you pump into your car per gallon. I thought that particular statistic was crazy, and sort of confirms my new book/tap water stance.

And I do love it when my stances are confirmed.
11 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinating and thought-provoking 17 juin 2010
Par L. Lieb - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Jeremy Glick's book brings up a whole new world: bottled war.It's fascinating to read about the rise of bottled water and how it became such an influential industry. Bottled water isn't cheap, and it's environmental costs are far worse. Tap water in modernized countries is seldom worse than the bottle variety. In fact, tap water is tested more and has to meet certain standards. Conversely, there are few--if any--standards that bottled water must meet. This difference is so significant that what appears to be virgin spring water, has been found to be filtered tap water.

"Bottled and Sold" also makes controversies over bottled water plants easier to understand. My main criticism is that Gleick, at times, rails against corporations to the point of being tiresome. He also compares bottled water to 19th century snake oil salesman. While I generally agree with the portrait Gleick paints of bottled water, the snake-oil salesman analogy is a bit over the top. Despite these criticisms Gleick overall does a good job of highlighting the problems with bottled water. He also raises an excellent point about bottled water being a form of privatization and the implications of such a policy.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Water is water, or is it? 12 février 2011
Par BLehner - Publié sur
Format: Relié
While traveling abroad I often drink bottled water, usually due to the fact that the water from the tap tastes like liquid chlorine or like swamp water. Living in a country with one of the best water quality worldwide you should think I don't drink bottled water at all back home. I rarely do and now, in fact, I'm glad about it.
With his book Bottled And Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession With Bottled Water Peter H. Gleick gives a fascinating insight into the whole industry of bottled water production and its implications on frighteningly many aspects of our lives. Apart from the obvious, the impact on the environment, it definitely makes you think twice whether you shouldn't just stick to good old tap water when you learn that more stringent quality tests are performed on it than on bottled water.
This is a very comprehensibly written must-read book on the topic, highlighting not only environmental, but even more so, safety, health, and ethical concerns when it comes to the bottled water industry. While the main focus is on the US, the author also dips into and compares the industry with other regions, like Europe or Australia. Trust me, after reading this book you're going to seriously reconsider your drinking habits when it comes to water.
In short: A well written and highly informative book on the hazards of bottled water for both the environment and those who drink it!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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