ABC Promotes Kicking the Bottled Water
Stop and drop that water bottle, youâre hurting the environment.
That was the message promoted by ABC âWorld Newsâ on the July 8 broadcast. The segment blasted the bottled water industry and promoted the decision of a âvenerableâ restaurant to take bottled water off the menu.
âWith every sip are you actually hurting the environment?â teased anchor Dan Harris, before Eric Horngâs report made an undisputed claim that you are.
âFor us, itâs about doing the right thing,â said Michael Kossa-Rienzi, general manager of Chez Panisse, a restaurant in
While that sounds noble, everything in Chez Panisse, from the furnishings to the tablecloths and the menu items, required energy and natural resources to ship to the restaurant â a detail ignored by the environmentally conscious Kossa-Rienzi and ABCâs Horng.
Kossa-Rienzi offered a more detailed rationale on National Public Radio March 22.
âWhat weâve-weâve realized is that shipping water from
However, Kossa-Rienziâs restaurant features many extravagant selections of wine imported from
ABC provided a mere eight second rebuttal from Stephen Kay of the International Bottled Water Association and glossed over industry efforts to help the environment. According to ACNielsen, the industry was worth about $9 billion in 2003.
According to the IBWAâs Web site, 100 percent of bottled water containers are recyclable, and water cooler jugs for home or office coolers are sanitized and âcan be reused an average of 50 times.â
But thatâs not good enough for even the liberal environmentalists quoted in ABCâs report.
âIf people really understood what was behind the manufacture of those plastic bottles they would think twice,â said Allen Hershkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council to ABC News. But the real solution, according to the NRDC is to stop drinking altogether.
The NRDC Web site has a dire warning about the consumption of tap water, the alternative to bottled water promoted by ABC. The warning reads: âScientists estimate that each year up to 7 million Americans become sick from contaminated tap water, which can also be lethal. Pollution, old pipes and outdated treatment threaten tap water quality.â
This wasn't the first shot fired by the media against the bottled water industry. Last month, CNN gave a glowing account of the city of