ABC Promotes Kicking the Bottled Water
Stop and drop that water bottle, youâ€™re hurting the environment.
That was the message promoted by ABC â€śWorld Newsâ€ť on the July 8 broadcast. The segment blasted the bottled water industry and promoted the decision of a â€śvenerableâ€ť restaurant to take bottled water off the menu.
â€śWith every sip are you actually hurting the environment?â€ť teased anchor Dan Harris, before Eric Horngâ€™s report made an undisputed claim that you are.
â€śFor us, itâ€™s about doing the right thing,â€ť 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 ABCâ€™s Horng.
Kossa-Rienzi offered a more detailed rationale on National Public Radio March 22.
â€śWhat weâ€™ve-weâ€™ve realized is that shipping water from
However, Kossa-Rienziâ€™s 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 IBWAâ€™s Web site, 100 percent of bottled water containers are recyclable, and water cooler jugs for home or office coolers are sanitized and â€ścan be reused an average of 50 times.â€ť
But thatâ€™s not good enough for even the liberal environmentalists quoted in ABCâ€™s report.
â€śIf people really understood what was behind the manufacture of those plastic bottles they would think twice,â€ť 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: â€śScientists 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 Pollution, old pipes and outdated treatment threaten tap water quality.â€ť
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