• It probably won’t come as a surprise that the American Beverage Association isn’t thrilled about the campaign that began Wednesday to convince the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles.
  • Thirsty hikers and bird watchers along the coast and in the mountains may soon have to slurp water out of a faucet or fill their own water bottle if a corporate watchdog group gets its way.The group, Think Outside the Bottle, will urge the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Yosemite National Park on Wednesday to ban the sale of water in plastic bottles, which it insists are filled largely with tap water and account for a huge portion of the world's litter.
  • Independence National Park Think Outside the Bottle supporters
    A coalition of environmental groups is calling on Independence National Park to stop selling bottled water. Caroline Wooten of the group Corporate Accountability International delivered petitions to Independence Park headquarters on Wednesday, calling for a ban on the sale of bottled water. Cowley says any study would look at the cost of installing water filling stations, and whether banning bottled water sales would make a significant dent in the waste stream.
  • Father and daughter holding "Tap is Terrific" sign
    The National Park Service (NPS), like most Americans these days, is broke. Unlike the rest of us, it has corporations like Coca-Cola whispering promises of money in its ear—money that parks desperately need to staff, maintain, and protect the grounds. But there’s one thing the public has learned about corporations: they don’t give without asking for something in return. Watchdog group Corporate Accountability International is leading a coalition pushing national parks like Yosemite, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Mt. Rainier, and the Liberty Bell’s Independence Hall National Historic Park to nix bottled water. This week, groups representing more than 150 organizations and 40,000 park-goers are delivering petitions to park superintendents across the country, asking that they stop selling water in plastic bottles.
  • A local group protesting St. Louis’ proposed consulting contract with a water services firm is planning to converge on City Hall this afternoon for the monthly meeting of the Board of Estimate and Apportionment.
  • On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.
  • Bottled water purchased with taxpayer dollars may soon dry up if a bill filed Friday by state Rep. Tom Sannicandro passes this legislative session. Submitted hours before the filing deadline, the bill would prohibit state officials from using public money to buy bottled water for facilities where tap is safe to drink.
  • One of the biggest myths about the food system is that we don't produce enough to feed the world—and that food scarcity is the reason why nearly one billion across the planet are hungry. In fact, we produce enough calories to feed every man, woman and child—and that's on top of wasting roughly 1.3 billion tons of food each year world-wide.
  • The McDonald's at the Truman Medical Centers' main campus in Kansas City, Mo., has closed, ending an epic, two-decade stint inside the hospital and making it the fifth health facility in the past few years to give the Big Mac the boot.
  • The United States has also failed to ratify the Framework Convention On Tobacco Control, an international treaty aimed at encouraging countries to implement antismoking initiatives that were pioneered in the United States, such as warning labels, bans on smoking in public places, and taxes.


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