Soda: A Touchy Subject…

2 Dec

The other day I overheard some of my coworkers discussing the various types of water available to everyone and how we, as a company, should consider other options. Right now we have two kinds of bottled water, as well as a few water coolers scattered around the building. One girl said that she doesn’t trust tap water and only drinks water from bottles and wouldn’t be happy with a filter option and would be rather upset ( “pissed off” were her exact words ) if bottled water was no longer available.

This made me think about a couple of things: first, that we should have a little perspective and remember that not every company provides such a large variety of drinks and snacks as ours does and bickering over it seems a little silly and selfish. Although I am fully in agreement with the idea that we indeed should consider having filters for our tap water. The second thing that popped into my head was that really we should also consider getting rid of the many sodas as well. The social, environmental, political and health consequences are many and when I brought this up to one person in the discussion (who started the conversation about the water and considers himself an environmentalist) he hesitated, got a concerned look on his face and said “We should start with something we can actually change. Soda is much harder to replace.”. Indeed it is. Although there are smaller companies using natural ingredients available.. but that does involve more work. Soda and ‘carbonated beverages’ are also extremely ingrained in our culture and have been for around a century.

It’s difficult. I understand that. And at this point I feel the need to reiterate a quote I have on my “About” page, as it really conveys what I feel about the subject.

“The question we must ask ourselves as a culture is whether we want to embrace the change that must come, or resist it. Are we so attached to the dietary fallacies with which we were raised, so afraid to counter the arbitrary laws of eating taught to us in childhood by our misinformed parents, that we cannot alter the course they set us on, even if it leads to our own ruin? Does the prospect of standing apart or encountering ridicule scare us even from saving ourselves?” – Howard Lyman

 See the “Packaged Foods Exposed” series @ Deconstructing Dinner for more information.

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