DURST: $4 Billion of Fancy Placebos
Okay, I know I run the risk of sounding like a yuppie-hating banana puke with a heart as black and cold as the Siberian night carrying a forty pound chip on my blue collar shoulder, but I got to say the news from the Natural Resources Defense Council has made me all warm and fuzzy inside. They called bottled water a bigger scam than an Ed McMahon Sweepstakes. More of a ripoff than Steve Forbes spending forty million dollars to be seventh runner up in the New Hampshire primary. I call bottled water an expensive reason to get a fancy bottle to fill with ordinary tap water later.In a four year study, 103 brands were tested and one third contained contaminants exceeding state or federal standards. Estimates are 25 to 40 percent of bottled water is just repackaged municipal tap water. "Pure as an alpine spring," as long as you understand that spring might be runoff from a toxic waste dump laced with arsenic.Although the NRDC admitted bottled water poses no significant public health risk and is safe to consume. Well that's certainly good news. So, that means in the last ten years, over $4 billion has been spent on fancy placebos. Tap water with a pretty label and weaker federal regulations.PT Barnum was right and he's running Crystal Geyser.Will Durst loves it when people spend eight bucks for a bottle of Pelligrino and then pour it over ice.