Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle over America's Drinking Water
Second only to soda, bottled water is on the verge of becoming the most popular beverage in the country. The brands have become so ubiquitous that we're hardly conscious that Poland Spring and Evian were once real springs, bubbling in remote corners of Maine and France. Only now, with the water industry trading in the billions of dollars, have we begun to question what it is we're drinking.
In this intelligent, accomplished work of narrative journalism, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Michael Pollan did for food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from distant aquifers to our supermarkets. Along the way, she investigates the questions we must inevitably answer. Who owns our water? How much should we drink? Should we have to pay for it? Is tap safe water safe to drink? And if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it potable? What happens to all those plastic bottles we carry around as predictably as cell phones? And of course, what's better: tap water or bottled?
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Review: Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought ItUser Review - David - Goodreads
I find it amazing that in a country where water can be drunk out of a tap, and also from most streams away from towns and farms, people buy bottled water. A thought just occurred. We could radically ... Read full review
Review: Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought ItUser Review - MiaJ713 - Goodreads
A very informative book. A lot of facts, you can tell the author knows what she is talking about. A great book to read about the economy and pollution with water and why you shouldn't drink bottled ... Read full review
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