Flow – A Documentary That Highlights The Very Serious Water Issues We Face in the World

Written by Max Goldberg on August 30, 2011. Follow Max on Twitter: @livingmaxwell.

If you read my blog frequently, you know that I am a water fanatic. But there is a good reason for this.

I know that eating organic food, food grown without pesticides and GMOs, is imperative to good health.

But I also know that drinking very high quality water and using a filter in the shower/bath are just as, if not more, important than eating organic food.

Since our bodies are approximately 70% water, it is essential that people put great effort into making sure that the water they drink and are exposed to is as clean as possible.

In the U.S., our tap water is filled with chemicals, gases, rust, fluoride, chlorine, pharmaceuticals and other contaminants. (Read this fantastic exposé in The New York Times about our unhealthy drinking water.)

And in many third world countries, there is an endless number of people who have no daily access to drinking water at all.

That is why I believe Flow, a documentary about the very serious water crisis we face, is so important.

Flow is an excellent, disturbing and eye-opening movie which highlights:

1) The severe water problems we face on a global scale – how a few main corporations are controlling the entire global water supply.

2) The abysmal quality of the drinking water in the U.S.

3) The truth behind the $400 billion bottled water industry.

EATING ORGANIC HELPS PROTECT THE WATER SUPPLY

One of the reasons that we all need to be eating and promoting organic food is because it doesn’t use the millions of pounds of synthetic pesticides that get sprayed on conventional food. These chemicals invariably end up in one place – our water supply.

Case in point: Atrazine.

Produced by a powerful international corporation called Syngenta, Atrazine is an herbicide that is linked to a number of serious health issues including endocrine disruption, reproductive problems and cancer.

The tremendous irony is that Atrazine is banned in Europe, the home of Syngenta. The company can’t even sell the product in its homeland!!

Yet, due to massive lobbying of our politicians, the U.S. government continues to allow it.

We spray 80 million pounds of Atrazine a year on crops, and recent tests showed that Atrazine has appeared in 94% of our drinking water.

So, the next time you take a shower, wash your hands or drink unfiltered tap water, there is a very good chance that you’ll be ingesting Atrazine.

Sorry to make you uneasy but that is the situation.

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If you care about quality drinking water for everyone, please watch this movie.

According to the film’s website, Flow is no longer playing at theaters, so Netflix or Amazon may be your best bet.

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4 Comments

  1. Hello Max,

    We sold out of Flow in my store and we hosted a screening for my co-workers. Very important every one sees this film. Several local
    libraries in SF are hosting free screenings which well attended.

    All the best,
    stephanie

    Written by stephanie haughey on September 5, 2011 @ 1:19 pm
  2. Hello Max,

    I would also recommend you and your readers listen to the following
    excellent short radio broadcast on Talking Point Radio interviewing
    Dr.Peter Gleick who is featured in ‘Flow’ as a great complement to watching ‘Flow’. Dr. Gleick is an under appreciated local and global advocate on water and water legislation, water quality and water availability. He founded a not for profit think tank in Oakland called Pacific Institute.

    http://www.talkingpointradio.net/show/peter-gleick-on-the-impact-of-our-bottled-water-obsession

    All the best,
    stephanie

    Written by stephanie haughey on September 5, 2011 @ 1:30 pm
  3. Hi Stephanie,

    Even though Flow is a few years old, I thought it was important that people be aware of it. I have some more posts coming up about water that will also raise awareness about how poor the quality of it is and how we are destroying our most precious natural resource.

    Great to hear that your screenings were well-attended!

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on September 7, 2011 @ 8:45 am
  4. Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks so much for the link. You are a great source of info and I really appreciate all that you are sharing here.

    Live well,
    Max

    Written by Max Goldberg on September 7, 2011 @ 8:53 am

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