Francesca Berardi is an Italian multimedia freelance journalist and radio documentary producer. 

Her work has been published with TIME, The Guardian, PRI, WNYC, ProPublica, Slate, RAI Radio3, Internazionale, Domani and other US and Italian media.

After graduating from the Journalism School at Columbia University with a MA in Politics, she worked for a year investigating inequality in education as part of a post-graduate fellowship program, gaining with her team the Front Page Award for in-depth reporting from the Newswomen's Club of NYC. Between 2017 and 2018, thanks to a Magic Grant of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a collaboration between Columbia and Stanford universities, she was able to focus on an immersive year long project dedicated to NYC canners, people who make a living picking up cans and bottles on the streets ( She is the author of the book "Detour in Detroit."

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Francesca Berardi

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Message in a Bottle

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Industry

BRUSSELS - For the first time in history, the world is consuming more bottled water than soft drinks. Although access to safe water is both a fundamental human need and a basic human right recognised by the United Nations, the continuous growth in bottled water consumption is not just a response to basic human need.