The Water Well

Not too long back, I ran across an article that greatly sparked my interest and prompted me to further my research on the topic.

It is entirely centered on Water
How It is “Sourced
And how It is Distributed (mostly in the form of a plastic bottle)

The initial article I stumbled on was written by a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, entitled “The Truth About Plastic Water Bottles.” The key in this article is the doctor’s clear distinction that there is absolutely NO difference between the plastic used to bottle water or soda pop or fruit/vegetable juices. All of these plastic bottles are made with chemicals known as plasticizers, with the “ability” to make plastic strong and flexible.

The most common plasticizers used are PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) and Polycarbonate plastics, both actively known to cause disturbance amongst the natural function of human hormones. These plasticizers are used to store water, juices, and soda pop alike, without discrimination and are chalk full of phthalates and bisphenol-A (better known as BPA). The transparent numbers placed within the Recycle Emblem are a great indicator of the precise chemical make-up used to form the plastic bottle for commercial use.

A concise list is available for printable use in the article here: http://www.smart-publications.com/articles/the-truth-about-plastic-water-bottles#.Ux38gVqGy8w.google_plusone_share and can be found below:

#1 PETE or PET (polyethylene terephthalate) – used for most water and soda bottles. The ingredients include resins made from methane, xylene and ethylene combined with the chemical ethylene glycol and other chemicals. These have flame retardants and UV stabilizers added.

#2 HDPE (high density polyethylene) – used for cloudy milk and water jugs and opaque food bottles. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#3 PVC or V (Polyvinyl chloride)- used in some cling wrap, soft beverage bottles, plastic containers, plumbing pipes, children’s toys, vinyl windows, shower curtains, shades and blinds and many other items. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.

#4 LDPE (low density polyethylene) – used in plastic grocery bags, plastic wrap, bubble wrap, dry cleaning bags, and flexible lids. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#5 PP (polypropylene)- used in yogurt cups, some baby bottles, screw-on caps, toys, drinking straws. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned these release formaldehyde and dioxin if chlorine was used during manufacturing.

#6 PS (polystyrene)- used in egg cartons, foam meat rays, clear take out containers, plastic cutlery, toys, cups, CD containers. Resins made from ethylene and propylene resins and have flame retardants added. When burned they release styrene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons.

#7 Other (usually polycarbonate) – used in 5 gallon water bottles, some baby bottles, and lining of metal food cans. They create toxic by-products when burned such as PCB’s and dioxins. Made from petroleum resins and have flame retardants added.

Now, begs the question: What type of bottle should be used to drink liquids – water,  juice and soda pop included?

Well, the good Doctor reports that glass and metal are the best options, and I encourage the same, as well as drinking as much from a natural fresh source of “spring” or well water. Even still, it is all a grave concern due to the increase and frequency of air pollution … that inevitably reaches the world’s natural water sources and supplies. One must also consider that most bottled water sources are largely unknown due to manufacturer resistance to transparency regarding the Purity of their waters (http://www.ewg.org/research/ewg-bottled-water-scorecard-2011/summary-findings).

The most important factor is Utilizing the Mind to Obtain Knowledge. Avoiding the Truth only promotes Ignorance, which is Useless.

Make a Conscious Effort to Be Aware
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Informed
Make a Conscious Effort to Be Healthy

~Always Be On a Journey to Seek Wealth Through Healthy Habits~

Organic & GMO-Friendly..?

Recently, I was motivated and prompted to initiate some research regarding large (and small) corporations making extreme efforts to resist GMO labeling. Honestly, as I have made it a mission within my life to ensure that I am aware of the ever-growing GMO crisis, I was NOT surprised to see that this list has grown. However, I did unfortunately stumble upon some serious news I found necessary to share.

Myth #1: Organic foods are grown, manufactured and/or produced by small and large companies that do NOT use GMOs.

Myth #2: Corporations that support genetic modification (GMO) of food are NOT in the business of growing, manufacturing and/or producing Organic foods.

Myth #3: If a corporation has business in Organic foods, they are NOT lobbying to have GMOs hidden.

Truths: USDA Organic labeled foods are NOT 100% Organic, allowing small and large corporations to “bypass” ethics and grow, manufacture and/or produce foods that can have <10% genetically modified ingredients and still be considered “Organic.”
More Information Below

Organic (and some Natural) food brands owned by Big Corporations:

Coca-Cola –  Honest Tea,  Odwalla,  Simply Orange.

Cadbury –  Green & Black’s Chocolate,  Nantucket Nectars.

ConAgra –  Alexia,  Hunt’s Organic,  Lightlife (vegetarian and vegan meat substitutes like Smart Deli),  Orville Redenbacher’s Organic.

General Mills – Cascadian Farms, Cheerios, Food Should Taste Good,  Larabar,  Muir Glen, Nature Valley.

Groupe Danone –  Stonyfield Farm.

Hershey’s –  Dagoba Chocolate.

Hain-Celestial – (partially owned by Heinz) Arrowhead Mills,  Bearitos,  Breadshop Cereals,  Casbah,  Celestial Seasonings,  DeBoles Pasta,  Earth’s Best,  Ethnic Gourmet,  Garden of Eatin’,  Gluten Free,  Greek God’s,  Hain Pure,  Health Valley,  Imagine Soups,  Linda McCartney,  Maranatha nut butters,  Mountain Sun Juices,  Nile Spice Soup,  Rice Dream,  Sensible Portions,  ShariAnn’s,  Soy Dream,  Terra Chips,  TofuTown,  Walnut Acres,  Westbrae Natural,  WestSoy,  Yves Meatless.

JM Smucker –  After the Fall,  R.W. Knudsen,  Santa Cruz Organic.

Kellogg –  Bear Naked,  Gardenburger,  Kashi,  Morningstar Farms,  Natural Touch,  Wholesome & Hearty. (Kashi cereals contain GMOs!) Kellogs uses genetically engineered sugar beets in its non-organic cereals.

Kraft –  Boca,  Back to Nature.

Mars/M&M –  Seeds of Change

Nestle –  Tribe Mediterranean Foods

Pepsi – Dole,  Harvest Crunch,  Izze,  Naked Juice,  Ocean Spray,  Tazo,  Tostito’s Organic, Tropicana.

Rich’s –  Fresh Meadow

Unilever – Ben & Jerry’s,  Knorr,  Salada

Personal Care:

Clorox –  Burt’s Bees.

Colgate-Palmolive – Tom’s of Maine.

Hain Celestial – Alba Botanica,  Avalon Organics,  Jason,  Orjene,  Queen Helene,  Zia.

Beer:

Anhueser Busch – Stone Mill and Wild Hop.

Read More @ http://www.cornucopia.org/2012/08/this-might-be-our-only-chance-for-gmo-labeling-we-can-win-this-one/