Monday, August 17th, 2009
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On Tap: Fiji Water

It IS a pretty cool bottle"I did contact Fiji Water before my trip, and Six mentioned that the company 'takes journalists to Fiji'; I didn't follow up about joining such a junket. Despite news reports showing that Fiji wouldn't cooperate with journalists who went there independently, I chose to do so and visited the factory on a public tour. I had planned to speak to Fiji Water's local representatives, and to visit the surrounding villages, afterward. But it was at that point that I was arrested by Fijian police, interrogated about my plans to write about Fiji Water, and threatened with imprisonment and rape. After that incident, personnel at the US embassy strongly encouraged me not to visit the villages."

Fiji Water is either a benign corporation which wants to benefit a developing nation and help the environment at the same time, or it is a secretive polluter which props up a military dictatorship and engages in deceptive practices to burnish its image. Mother Jones' Anna Lenzer makes the case for the latter here.

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Abe Sauer (#148)

Well, maybe if Fiji is lucky enough to put up with the rape of its island by corporate interests for long enough (and then get bombed) they'll get to be a state of ours!

Also: Lynda Resnick is involved. She of POM Wonderful fame. Having had coffee with her I will only say, a real piece of work, in ALL senses of that term.

HiredGoons (#603)

That woman is insufferable.

IBentMyWookie (#133)

Abe Sauer, you bloody tease. You're the commenting equivalent of last night's MM fire alarm.

I want details, lad.

Abe Sauer (#148)

My story's like POM itself. From a distance you're a;; "what's up with that bottle? Coooooooooool!" but then you pay the $600 for it and you're all "not. fucking. worth it."

Kataphraktos (#226)

Lynda Resnick: some people jut look like fucking leeching vampires.

Check out her Twitter. It is a burnt-out Soweto of damage control and spin. Kind of like her hair and her twenty-year-old publicity shots.

People like her make it so easy to avoid shitty, useless products like bottled water. NYC tap water: still the best fucking deal on the planet. Remember that next time you get you tax bill.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Damage control sums up both her business style and her plastic surgeon. I met her, surprise, when she was shopping for help with damage control after PETA got on her ass for doing testing on animals… so that she could make "POM helps you live longer" claims.

KarenUhOh (#19)

If I'm going to oppress people by drinking they should at least be Communists.

HiredGoons (#603)

or spouses.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

I think this is some kind of conspiracy of preverts. (Fish fuck in Fiji.)

davidwatts (#72)

You know, if we're going to start castigating corporations for "not being as good as they claim to their third-world hosts" I think "absence of total advocacy for good" and "not putting themselves out of business to provide for the underprivileged" (which are the basic claims of the article) are pretty far down the list. As odious as they may be. And, in fact, are.

joshc (#442)

but the tears of the underprivileged are oh so delicious.

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