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Nestle: Product Ban?

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As the City of Toronto and other municipalities wrestle with ways to moderate the volume of waste resulting from plastic bottles, Nestle has been accused of engaging in potentially misleading advertising, at least according to the sources quoted in this article .

For me, it seems like the answer is really quite simple:  stop drinking bottled water (or other liquids) .

We’re very fortunate, in that a massive percent of all municipal water in Canada is safe to drink.  Some argue that it could be safer, by eliminating the excessive use of chlorides, flourides and other additives, but at least we’re in much better shape than a significant array of communities across the globe.  Some also argue that the state of water is balanced on a very precarious fulcrum.  The Council of Canadians , for example, have been exmplary in exposing the frailties of our water system.

That said, I feel safe in saying that, whever possible, you should bottled liquids of any kind, including colas, wines, water, juices and other drinks because all of these sources of demand increase our thoughtless demand for plastic.

Maude Barlow Named First UN Water Adviser

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Congratulations Maude!  There is hope for the world’s water supply!

Canadian activist Maude Barlow has been appointed as the United Nation’s first senior adviser on water issues, a role she hopes to use to establish water as a human right and to convince Canada to "change its shameful position" on the issue.

Barlow, chair of the citizens’ advocacy group Council of Canadians, will work with the current president of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to advance a more democratic and transparent method of policy making around water at the global level than now exists," Barlow said in a press release. "Water is a commons, a public trust and a human right."

Barlow said there’s "growing momentum" in the international community for water justice but will focus some of her attention on her home country.

"I also plan to take this opportunity to get the Canadian government to change its shameful position, and to finally join the international community in recognizing water as a human right," said Barlow.

D’Escoto extolled on Barlow’s ability to “combine humanitarian vision with a practical approach to problem solving” and has expressed support for her crusade, calling water a "human right as basic as the air we breathe."

Barlow holds six honorary doctorates and has written or co-written 16 books. She is also co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, a group that works to protect fresh water from trade and privatization around the world.

The United Nations estimates 42,000 people die every week from diseases related to bad water and poor sanitation.