Organic Water? We're Not Buyin' It

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Whatever happened to just drinking tap water?
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​We are skeptical of health food companies touting organic food. Too much if it is aimed at neurotic health nuts and righteous pseudo-hippies. One company has particularly made us rethink that organic purple carrot juice we bought at Whole Foods.

At last week's Fancy Food Show in Washington, D.C., Llanllyr Source Water peddled "organic water." According to Llanllyr's Web site, the water is sourced under organic fields in Wales.

Well heads up: organic water just doesn't exist.

If you take the definition of organic (living chemical compounds containing carbon), add the molecular formula for water (H2O, two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom as per elementary school science), you get... NOT organic. It's science. Facts.

Drinking plain ol' tap water, on the other hand, never did anyone any harm, did it? If you're not into conspiracy theories, you know it won't have any type of hormones, chemicals, or synthetic materials inserted into it right? Plus, you'll be doing the environment an even bigger favor by saving it from the production and later, waste, of millions of plastic and glass bottles.

Sorry Llanllyr. But hey, we''ll call you if we need some organic dirt.

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adboxing

This is the worst display of journalism I have ever seen.  Nowhere does LLanllyr state that their WATER is organic!  It says the aquifer sits underneath a certified Organic farm...which to me is much better than water sitting beneath a farm sprayed with toxic pesticides that will drain into the soil and eventually the water.  Why is it that people are so ingrained in the system that they will attack anything that seeks to provide a safer\natural approach?  Because it costs more money?  Because it's more difficult to obtain?  Guess what, these things aren't supposed to be as cheap or easy to obtain as the system has made them in the last 50-60 years.  The real thing you should be skeptical about is any food that costs less to obtain than it would take to produce in the first place.

Water Testing
Water Testing

Water on World goes continually through the hydrological cycle of water loss and transpiration (evapotranspiration), moisture build-up or moisture, rainfall, and run-off, usually attaining the sea. Evaporation and transpiration promote the rainfall over land.

Amy Pearson
Amy Pearson

American's are increasingly "going"organic. But the process of living organic isn't made easy by the system inplace. In fact, much of the food labeled organic still contains non-organic byproducts. The majority of the plastics are made with GE crops, specificallycorn.

k1llm3now
k1llm3now

I never make a decision solely based on the statements of others, but that's not why I haven't formed an opinion on llanllyr SOURCE water. I can't form an opinion because I question Alexandra Leon's Hodgkins' competence as a "journalist."Reasons why I think Alexandra Leon' is a bad blogger.-This post is basically a summary, combination, and apparent rip-off of an NPR blog post about Llanllyr water dated July 13, 2011, a good.is post dated July 19, 2011, and a Gizmodo post dated July 20, 2011. Nothing written here is original.-The NPR and Gizmodo posts are also questionable since the authors of those posts misspelled Llanllyr, as well.-good.is correctly spelled the company name, though the photo associated with the post seems to be staged. It looks as if the photographer took a 365 Everyday Value® brand display sign and put it in front of bottled waters other than Llanllyr water (FIJI and O).-I can't find any proof Llanllyr actually claims that their water is organic. Their website just states that it comes from sources under organic fields. Due to the lack of organic claim on the Llanllyr Water website, the misspellings of Llanllyr on Gizmodo and NPR sites, and the alleged staged photo on good.is, I question whether or not the Llanllyr rep really stated to the NPR bloggers that the water is organic (I think these writers just needed something to pad their word count).-I find the writers of this topic from Gizmodo, NPR, GOOD, and Miami New Times to be lefty versions of Glenn Beck.

Farmer Margie
Farmer Margie

The USDA's definition for ORGANIC ingredients specifically excludes water and salt from the equation. As for 'plain old tap water', yes, it CAN have chemicals and all sorts of breakdown products not currently measured by any water test. It DOES have synthetic materials inserted into it - chlorination of tap water is not normally done by pure chlorine gas, but using a chemical. Chlorinated water reacts with naturally occurring tannins present in many water sources (South Florida's is one) to create some undesirable chemicals. None of this is conspiracy theories, just plain facts & chemistry. But, given that a LOT of bottled water comes right out of a municipal water system, and ALL bottled water uses plastic & glass with all its attendant repercussions, yeah, drink it out of a glass or refill your thermos!(Please don't get me started on organic dirt...)

k1llm3now
k1llm3now

Update: I misspoke about the 365 Everyday Value® display sign in the photo from the good.is post. It's actually an O Organics display sign, but still has no connection with either water brands behind it.

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