Am I the Only One Who Thinks This is Nuts??

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario
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Is it just me, or does this seem silly to anyone else?

I was shopping for groceries last night when I noticed a product that was stocked in the aisle where I buy my drinks. The name leapt off the shelf and lodged into my brain immediately.

Fiji water. Surely it's just the name of the product and not actually water from Fiji, that would be ludicrous wouldn't it?

I picked up the bottle, turned it around, and sure enough this product is actually from the Fiji Islands. It says right on the bottle that this water comes from an artesian acquifer in the Yaqara Valley of Viti Levu. 

It seems like it's a pretty popular product, there was evidence on the shelf that many cases and individual bottles had been purchased.

I live in Ontario, and here are some pretty neat facts about Ontario;

 

Population:
With a population of more than 12 million, Ontario is home to one in three Canadians.

Size:
Ontario is Canada’s second-largest province, covering more than one million square kilometres (415,000 square miles).

Land:
894,639 square kilometres (344,092 square miles).

 

Water:
177,398 square kilometres (68,490 square miles), including 250,000 lakes and about one-third of the world's fresh water.

Thats right, 12 million people in Ontario share a full one-third of the entire world's fresh water supply.

One would think that there should be absolutely no demand for water from Fiji in Ontario. It boggles the mind.

Beyond the fact that it's not very environmentally friendly to bottle water and ship it half way around the world, I am worried about the ethical implications and the effect that this might have on the people of Fiji. I discovered a few facts about Fiji (a place I really have never given too much thought to before), and something really stood out for me;

Fiji ranks 92 out of 177 countries on the United Nation’s human development index. With 49% of Fijians living in urban areas and only just over 50% of the rural population having access to water sources adequate for drinking.

Why are we buying this stuff? Half of the rural poulation of Fiji can't get enough clean drinking water, and we in Ontario are buying the water right out from under their feet when we have an over abundance of it here at home. God Almighty, the fact that this is on the shelves of our grocery stores really highlights how little respect we have for the environment as well as people who are less fortunate than ourselves.

This is one product I will never buy.

 

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Susan Emo
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I'm back . . .  It is one thing for people to buy bottled water when they are ignorant of the many reasons they shouldn't, but to continue to do so once they become informed is just another example of insanity and/or arrogance.   You've not even touched on the health consequences of the plastic bottles and the environmental damage that was mentioned in a few comments above  . . .      

I will also be reblogging this excellent post in the hope that foolish people will stop their foolish practice.  I look at bottled water consumers the same way I do smokers.  Supposedly, when you know better your actions will be better but there will always be people who feel it is their right to behave irresponsibly!

Who would have believed that some people would think water would be a status symbol?  Crazy times!!!

 

July 02, 2012 09:04 AM
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sorry to say I have purchased FIJI water.  One morning early I drove past a warehouse in an industrial site where a company delivers water bottles to offices.  Lo and behold, I saw a guy filling the bottles from a water hose! 

July 02, 2012 09:17 AM
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Lyn Sims
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This is hysterical. Yes, Fiji is actually pretty impoverished so why not take the water the poor people actually need? I also hope that the water has been purified before being bottled

July 03, 2012 11:56 AM
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Norma Toering
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Those big tankers crisscross the ocean with not only water but many other things we could purchase much closer to home.  I love my filtered tap water with a slice of local lemon.

July 05, 2012 03:01 PM
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Malcolm -  just read this article about major UK grocery stores selliing bottled TAP WATER  Pretty funny but pretty sad!

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