Bottled Water is not Presidential
The always-insightful Beth Terry, aka Fake Plastic Fish had an especially insightful post today about bottled water. Her rundown on the bottled water industry's exploitation of water resources in North Carolina hit home with me because NC was my home for many years, and droughts are becoming more the norm than the exception in the south. Pepsico continuing its bottling operations in the face of drought in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area reminded me of the famous line from the movie "There Will Be Blood": "I drink your milkshake! I drink it up!" Water is a resource that we may come to realize is just as valuable as oil, and like the character from the movie implied, sucking up resources with no foresight in one place can drain a whole area.
The Obama family is already turning out to be one of the most studied First Families in history, which makes small actions like Michelle Obama's organic garden carry a lot of weight as examples of principles in action. Wouldn't seeing the President pictured with bottled water be the equivalent to growing the opposite of an organic garden...a big mono-crop pesticide-laden tract, perhaps? Beth Terry suggests we send a message to the White House asking that the President stop giving the support of his office to a bottled water.