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Whether it’s because you have oil and gas wells all over your property contaminating your water supply or the city is dumping toxic chemicals into your water supply, these are good reasons for turning to alternative sources for fresh drinking water. What amazes me is the number of people who without question believe most everything they see or hear on television or in magazines! The power of marketing and advertising and its ability to convince people to buy a product has never been more powerful than it is today. Have you ever taken the time to examine carefully the label of your preferred bottle of water? Have you even given a second thought as to the true origin of the water you are drinking from that bottle? Probably not and the bottling companies are counting on the fact that you won’t because if you did you would probably find your precious bottle of water wasn’t collected bottled and shipped to you from the Ozarks of Arkansas or The Swiss Alps but instead it most likely originated right there in your home town courtesy of your local municipal water works! That’s right, more times than not, you have been paying a lot of money and drinking filtered tap water! The US has been breaking sales records year after year making bottling companies very rich! In 2011 we were busy buying bottled water to the tune of 9.1 billion gallons, to be exact! That is a lot of plastic water bottles folks! Did you know that it takes between 400-1000 years for a plastic water bottle to decompose?
Despite organized anti-bottled-water campaigns across the country and a noisy debate about bottled water’s environmental impact, Americans are buying more bottled water than ever.
In 2011, total bottled water sales in the U.S. hit 9.1 billion gallons — 29.2 gallons of bottled water per person, according to sales figures from Beverage Marketing Corp.
The 2011 numbers are the highest total volume of bottled water ever sold in the U.S., and also the highest per-person volume.
Translated to the handy half-liter size Americans find so appealing, that comes to 222 bottles of water for each person in the country — four bottles of water for every man, woman and child, every week.
Indeed, bottled water sales aren’t just growing — it’s fair to say they’re booming. Volume increased by 4.1 percent in 2011 — five times as fast as the 0.9 percent growth in the sales of beverages overall, according to Beverage Marketing. Bottled water sales, in fact, are growing twice as fast as the economy itself.
“Americans are drinking more bottled water because they find it convenient, appealing and also healthy,” says Gary Hemphill, who is managing director for information services at Beverage Marketing, and a longtime observer of bottled water and beverage sales in the U.S. and around the world.
The resurgence of bottled water — sales dropped in 2008 for the first time in 31 years, and again in 2009, tracking declines in overall drink sales because of the recession — may be surprising given the debate about its value as a product in the last five years.
The record sales year comes as more than a dozen colleges and universities have taken the extraordinary step of banning sale of bottled water on campus, often under pressure from student organizing campaigns that encourage students to drink tap water.
Just last week, Loyola University in Chicago announced it would stop selling bottled water in cafeterias and on-campus stores this fall, and remove bottled water from vending machines starting in 2013. Loyola joins at least 15 other schools in the U.S. and Canada in banning bottled water sales, including the University of Vermont, Washington University, DePauw University, and Harvard’s School of Public Health.
At least four major municipalities — New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and Chicago’s Cook County — have banned use of government funds to purchase bottled water.
Despite the record amount of water sold — 2011 beat out the previous, pre-recession year of 2007, when volume was 8.8 billion gallons — 2011 was not a record year in dollar sales of bottled water.
At retail, Americans spent $21.7 billion on bottled water in 2011, just under 2007’s spending.
The big three bottled water companies — Coke, Pepsi and Nestlé — have been discounting water heavily in the last few years, to sustain sales through the recession and the growing opposition.
“Pricing in this category has been aggressive,” says Hemphill, “which has helped.”
Although the U.S. has among the safest tap water in the world, the U.S. remains the largest market for bottled water. The next two, in order, are China and Mexico, both countries in which tap water is either unavailable, or typically not considered safe to drink.
The increase in Americans’ consumption of bottled water is extraordinary — the growth having more in common with digital-era products than typical consumer products.
As recently as 2001, per person consumption of bottled water was just 18.2 gallons per person.
Despite the size and visibility of the business, the amount of water actually sold is relatively tiny, compared to tap water volumes. U.S. water utilities supply more than 1 billion gallons of tap water an hour, every hour of the day.
The total amount of water in the bottles Americans buy in a year would only supply U.S. tap water needs from midnight until 9 a.m. on January 1.
Charles Fishman is an award-winning investigative journalist and New York Times bestselling author who has spent the last four years traveling the world to understand and explain water issues. He is the author of The Big Thirst, which is being released in paperback tomorrow with a whole new chapter.
While going through my mail the other day, I found a letter from my mother. Upon opening the letter I found a note from my mother stating she had run across my Permanent Immunization Record card and was sending this to me for my records. I was amazed as I examined the document showing the dates I had received shots, which shots were given along with some other noted information that was written in some form of code. I was born in February and the “games” began in April that same year. As I read through the dates and contents of the shots given memories began to flood of mind of the shots I had received back in 1971, 1973 and 1974. Chills ran down my spine remembering how my teachers had handed out consent forms which we were to take home and obtain the signature of our parent(s) or legal guardian in order for the school and nurse from the County Health Department to legally be able to administer the shots. There were high gloss photo handouts distributed throughout our classroom to all my classmates. It was a big deal and I remember the teacher taking a full class period going over the details carefully making sure that each of us received the reading material along with the consent forms. It goes without saying but I will say it anyway, I have never been more terrified in my life and I remember looking around the classroom at the faces of my classmates as we sat there carefully looking over the vividly colored glossy pages that were being put in front of us. All I could think about was how can I get out of having to be subjected to what was abviously going to be a day filled with frightened faces, lots of tears and basically a day of terror for all that qualified to be participating in this legal terrorizing of children. The bus ride home that day was so weird. I remember how quiet everyone was as we sat still in our seats, heads down staring at the papers we had been given to take home. No one was talking that day. The usual rumbling of conversation and loud voice of shouting school children had been replaced by virtual silence as we sat still in our seats biting our lips as our thoughts scrambled for excuses and ways we could get out of having to be subjected to the nurses big cold surgical steel needles that would in just a matter of days be puncturing the warm soft skin of our bodies if an acceptable reason or excuse was not determined. The only sounds heard were that of the windows rattling in their frames as we barreled down the dusty gravel roads making our way through the country side stopping only to eject us one by one at our homes like candy being ejected from a Pez dispenser. Just as we were approaching my house I quickly folded up the papers I had been clinching in my hand so tightly that my knuckles were white. I opened my book satchel and quickly shoved the evil papers deep into the bottom and thinking to myself, I needed to think on this some more before presenting the papers to my mother. There had to be a way to convince my mother to simply put a check mark in the box beside the statement “I DO NOT wish for my child LARRY D. PASZLI to participate in the Cleburn County Health Department Immunization Program”. Then all that was left was to get her to place her signature at the bottom of the page and I was home free! No shots for me, I thought to my self!
To make a long story not even longer. I never gave my mother the literature or the consent form to sign. I was too scared she would side with the school and county health department. I decided I would place the check mark in the box on the form and simply sign my mothers name as I had seen her do hundreds of times before. I looked around and found a card or something with her signature and would stay up late at night with the flashlight from the kitchen drawer. Under my bed covers I practiced writing her signature over and over night after night until I felt I had masterd it. The night before the deadline for returning the consent form I practiced a few times more before very nervously and quickly signing the form using my mothers favorite pen which I took from her handbag and stuffed the now crumpled form back to the bottom of my bag. There…I did it! The next day I proudly pulled the over handled piece of paper from my bag and eagerly walked it up to the teachers desk and proudly added it to the stack of forms at the corner of my teachers desk. There was only one problem. In my rush to sign my mothers name to the form I made the grave mistake of using my last name forgetting to write my mothers new married last name which threw up a red flag causing the teacher to call my mother to inquire. Of course she had no idea what my teacher was talking about as she had never seen the consent form in question. Needless to say, I received the shots that day along with my classmates and was in bed sick for three days from what appeared to be the flu with this swollen rash on my arm at the injection site! Oh and I was grounded for two weeks from watching television!
Thought I would share that experience with those of you who have children and are being faced with the threat of your children not being able to return to school due to incomplete shots records!
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Vaccines For U.S. Children May Not Be Properly Stored, Study Says
- Review found expired vaccines mixed in with others
- Some vaccines could be less effective
- Report probed 45 vaccine providers in five states
By Anna Yukhananov
Reuters via Huffington Post
WASHINGTON, June 6 (Reuters) – Free vaccines meant for children as part of a U.S. government program may have been stored at the wrong temperature, which could make them less effective, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The report also found that both expired and unexpired vaccines had been stored together in some doctors’ offices and clinics, which could potentially lead to mistakes in giving the wrong version, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Health and Human Services said.
The findings could apply to a much wider lot of vaccines, since many of the same clinics that provide free immunizations for low-income children also give shots to insured children.
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FDA proposes bypassing doctors, selling prescription drugs over the counter
Oh yes, of course this sounds like another brilliant idea from a branch of our government, your friend and mine, the FDA. Just bypass the doctors and sell drugs over the counter at your local Walgreens or CVS. We won’t decriminalize or legalize Marijuana but we are willing to sell prescription medications over the counter like candy to anyone including those under the age of 18! Come on, give me a break, seriously?
(NaturalNews) When it comes to freedom of food choice, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers Americans to be too stupid to make their own dietary choices. But when pharmaceuticals are involved, the FDA apparently thinks individuals should be able to completely self-medicate themselves without a prescription, having recently proposed new guidelines that would make it easier than ever for patients to access high-risk prescription drugs without even having to see a doctor.
The Washington Times reports that a new four-page proposal made by the FDA suggests that cholesterol (statins), diabetes, and asthma drugs, among others, be made available over-the-counter (OTC) to patients without a prescription. And what is the reason for this? According to the agency, too many patients are not getting their prescriptions filled, and many would-be patients are not going in to receive the treatments that their medical overlords feel they should be receiving.
The drug industry, in other words, is losing profits because many patients simply are not participating in the health care system as we know it. So to help boost participation, the drug industry’s gatekeeper, the FDA, is working on behalf of Big Pharma to make prescription drugs as easy to access as a candy bar or a pack of gum, even though prescription drugs are typically extremely high-risk and come with severe side effects.
“The FDA has not offered any evidence establishing that it is safe, or patient outcomes are improved, when patients with hypertension, [high cholesterol], asthma or migraine headaches self-diagnose and manage these (or other) serious chronic medical conditions on their own,” said Dr. Sandra Fryhofer, who testified on behalf of the American Medical Association (AMA) at an FDA-held public hearing recently.
But this has not stopped the FDA, Big Pharma, and various pharmacist groups from arguing that there are somehow too many barriers to patients accessing deadly pharmaceuticals. The FDA’s proposal, in fact, explicitly views having to see a doctor before being allowed access to prescription drugs an “unnecessary hindrance,” according to Sarah Kliff from the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com).
Both sides fighting for the same goal – to maximize prescription drug use
Meanwhile, both sides of the debate appear to be concerned about one thing, and one thing only — getting as many people as possible to take their prescription drugs. Peter Carmel from the AMA, for instance, told the Washington Post that he is concerned patients will not take their prescription drugs unless they first see a doctor, while the other side says having to see a doctor deters too many patients from accessing prescription drugs.
In either case, the medical-industrial complex is primarily concerned with drug company profits rather than patient safety. And the FDA, which is also busy aggressively harassing and tyrannizing family farmers selling raw milk to willing customers (http://www.naturalnews.com/033280_FDA_raids_timeline.html), is an active co-conspirator in this drug industry scam to basically deregulate prescription drugs to boost industry profits.
You can view the FDA proposal, entitled Using Innovative Technologies and Other Conditions of Safe Use To Expand Which Drug Products Can Be Considered Nonprescription (Docket No. FDA-2012-N-0171), here:
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Chief executive of GAVI wants to iimmunize every kid on earth
My cousin Anita and her husband Robert started visiting Alaska and all that it has to offer several years ago. In fact, they spend most of their free time traveling there to experience its grand beauty and untouched pristine public land. However, she has informed our family members if we wish to be able to experience this natural wonder in its current state, we should plan to visit very soon because the landscape is changing at a rapid rate and not for the better. Because of the negative effects of Global Warming/Climate Change in conjunction with “Big Oil” and their plans to begin drilling for oil and natural gas, it’s only a matter of time before this will all be destroyed. As we have seen and experienced firsthand by a host of companies that now occupy several counties in Arkansas with the Fayetteville Shale Play, among others, things are never the same after they come in and begin their reckless and irresponsible process of extracting the natural resources from the land.
If we are to survive as a people, we must learn that our actions of developing and extracting fossil fuels from the land is not the way to progress in creating energy sources for the enormous demand we require. We are no longer able to extract these natural resources at a rate in order to meet the demand and this is only going to be more prevalent going forward. We must invest in clean and abundant renewal able energy sources and make this transition NOW before it is too late. It is time to wake up and accept responsibility for our actions and make this transition a global reality if we are to survive without destroying our plant and the environment of the only place we can call home, Planet Earth. It is the only planet we have and if we do not change our way of thinking and take action today, we are going to be too late. We have the science and technology available now to do this. It won’t be easy but it is absolutely possible. To continue down the path we have chosen by incorporating the use of fossil fuels into every aspect of our lives has been a terrible mistake. We must stop supporting this behavior and do everything in our power to encourage and support continued research, development and implementation of clean and free renewable energy sources. Stop making “Big Oil” companies rich today! They are making record breaking profits and we continue to give them millions in incentives of tax payers money in exchange for a nightmare of health related issues, environmental issues and the continued strangle hold they have over us including record high prices for the products they produce. If you won’t take action for yourself, do it for your children and grandchildren. Let’s all make a promise to ourselves and future generations to insure a brighter future where these problems no longer exists and become stewards of our planet as we should be. We are very much a part of nature. We cannot separate the two. We must follows natures lead and care for and defend it as if it were your very own child! Below is an article I received explaining the details of a specific story relating to my post. Please take a look at the story and fell free to us the link provided to take action and get involved today! Larry D. Paszli, 4/2012
After seeing this report, I will never eat another hamburger or anything made from ground beef….EVER! And to think that we used to trust our government and its regulatory branches. It used to be when products were labeled with the USDA or FDA stamps of approval, you felt reasonably sure the product was made from quality goods and not harmful to you or your family. I am not sure if we were just being naive or that was once actually the truth but if there is one thing we have come to realize. Those seals of approval are pointless and not worth the paper they are printed on. It is God awful and incredibly sad but unfortunately becoming increasingly true.
There was a time when a man’s word and a hand shake was all that was needed to insure one’s thrust worthiness or creditability. A person’s word was his most creditable asset. Today, unfortunately this just isn’t the case. Over and over we have watched as Big Business, Corporations and yes even our own government is among the least trust worthy. When it comes to matters of unadulterated food water and clean air…you are on your own! Advertising and marketing strategies make big bucks for the eye catching and mesmerizing slogans on packaging such as “Guaranteed, The Taste you can Trust, Quality you can Trust, 100% Natural, Expertly Milled, The Very Best, and now Fresh Ground Beef or Lean Finely Textured Beef” are just marketing “fluff” and apparently actually guarantee nothing at all!
U.S. defends treated meat dubbed “pink slime” in school meals
By Ian Simpson
The Department of Agriculture is defending the use of ammonium-treated beef, dubbed “pink slime” by detractors, in meals destined for schoolchildren as part of the national school lunch program.
The Internet news source The Daily reported this week that 7 million pounds (3.2 million kg) of the product — beef trimmings treated partly with ammonium hydroxide to fight contamination — would appear in school lunches this spring.
“All USDA ground beef purchases must meet the highest standards for food safety,” the agency said in a statement.
“USDA has strengthened ground beef food safety standards in recent years and only allows products into commerce that we have confidence are safe.”
Fast-food chain McDonald’s stopped putting the USDA-approved ammonium-treated meat into its hamburgers in August after a number of food activists, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, drew attention to the additive.
The USDA, schools and school districts plan to buy the treated meat, categorized as “lean fine textured beef,” from South Dakota’s Beef Products Inc for the national school lunch program.
The BPI product makes up about 6.5 percent of the 112 million pounds (51 million kg) of ground beef that has been contracted for the National School Lunch Program, the USDA said.
The department oversees the program, which buys about 20 percent of products served in U.S. schools. The rest is bought directly by schools or school districts.
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