The Price Of Water Keeps Going Up, Which Is Bad, Because We Need Water To Live

Because of poor infrastructure and management, cities around the country are seeing water bills skyrocket. And it’s just going to get worse.

The price of water has been rising faster than for other utilities. Water is less like electricity or gas, and more like cable. And, in some cases, the increases are pretty jaw-dropping. Chicago, for instance, pushed through a 25% jump in 2012, and a further 15.1% rise this year. Across 30 cities, water prices, on average, have climbed 25% since 2010–far above inflation levels.

The figures are from Circle of Blue, an innovative journalism-cum-advocacy shop that focuses on water issues around the world. It has been tracking water prices in the U.S.’s 20 largest cities, plus 10 regionally representative ones, for four years now. And you can see the latest numbers in the charts here. They are for a family of four, consuming a “medium” 100 gallons per person, per day.

via Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

For Restaurants, Composting Is a Welcome but Complex Task

When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s administration revealed this week that he was rolling out a plan to make New York City residents separate their food scraps for composting, chefs and restaurateurs with an interest in sustainability welcomed the news. Composting can help the city manage its huge trash output, and a growing number of restaurants already separate their scraps for organic-waste pickup.

But many others, even some who are committed to recycling, say that finding ways to fit more bins, more staff time and more expense into their daily routines will be a struggle.

via NYTimes.com.

How Well Do You Know Your Fish Fillet? Even Chefs Can Be Fooled

In the world of seafood, looks can be very deceiving. And unfortunately for anyone who buys fish, it’s easy for people above you in the supply chain to sell you something other than what you want.

Oceana, a conservation group, has been beating the drum about seafood mislabeling for a while. Back in February, the organization released a study that found that 33 percent of the seafood it sampled at retail outlets in 21 states was mislabeled. (Note: The sampling was not randomized, so the findings should be taken with a grain of salt.)

This month, Oceana hosted a dinner with the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C., to prove once again how easy it is to become a victim of seafood fraud.

“It’s nearly impossible for anyone – even experts — to tell the difference between many species of fish,” Beth Lowell, Oceana’s campaign director, tells The Salt.

via The Salt.

 How Well Do You Know Your Fish Fillet? Even Chefs Can Be Fooled

Counterfeit Food More Widespread Than Suspected

GREAT DALBY, England — Invisible from the roadway, hidden deep in the lush English countryside, Moscow Farm is an unlikely base for an international organized crime gang churning out a dangerous brew of fake vodka.

But a quarter of a mile off a one-lane road here, tens of thousands of liters of counterfeit spirits were distilled, pumped into genuine vodka bottles, with near-perfect counterfeit labels and duty stamps, and sold in corner shops across Britain. The fake Glen’s vodka looked real. But analysis revealed that it was spiked with bleach to lighten its color, and contained high levels of methanol, which in large doses can cause blindness.

via NYTimes.com.

 Counterfeit Food More Widespread Than Suspected