Bottled and sold : the story behind our obsession with bottled water / Peter H. Gleick.
Author: Gleick, Peter H.
Publisher: Washington, DC : Island Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781597265287 (cloth : alk. paper)
1597265284 (cloth : alk. paper)
Description: xiii, 211 p. : ill., map, charts ; 24 cm.
Subject: Bottled water.
Contents: The war on tap water -- Fear of the tap -- Selling unwholesome provisions -- If it's called "Arctic spring," why is it from Florida? -- The cachet of spring water -- The taste of water -- The hidden cost of convenience -- Selling bottled water: the modern medicine show -- Drinking bottled water: sin or salvation? -- Revolt: the growing campaign against bottled water -- Green water? The effort to produce ethical bottled water -- The future of water.
Summary: Water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years. That's a big story, and water is big business.Gleick exposes the true reasons we've turned to the bottle, from fear mongering by business interests and our own vanity to the breakdown of public systems and global inequities.