Another Round in the Battle Against the Bottle
CNBC’s Power Lunch provided a forum today for yet another debate on the subject of bottled water versus the tap, following a special segment called Liquid Assets. Food & Water Watch Senior Legislative and Policy Analyst Mitch Jones squared off against International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) President and CEO Joe Doss in front of program hosts Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, Sue Herera and Tyler Mathisen.
Representing the bottled water industry, IBWA’s Doss didn’t have much to say other than to explain that much of their product comes from municipal sources and is very refreshing. He also tried to suggest that IBWA represents members who are primarily small business owners. But let’s not forget that they also represent some large companies like Nestlé.
In contrast, Food & Water Watch’s own Mitch Jones took it to the IBWA with class and fervor, pointing out the connection between declining public infrastructure and increased bottled water sales, and reminding consumers how critical it is to reinvest in municipal infrastructure.