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Robert Franklin

Posted on April 12, 2018 09:10

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While the people in Flint, Michigan still suffer in the midst of a water crisis, the state government has authorized Nestlé to extract more than 500,000 gallons of fresh water from the state's resources. Every. Day. We're all upset, but no one should be shocked. It's not like this is entirely out-of-character for the Swiss food conglomerate.

Last Friday, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder announced that the state was ending its programs that provided bottled water to the residents of Flint, drawing ire and inciting outrage from not only the people who have been victims of one of the worst human rights disasters in recent memory, but from a nation that has been following the Flint Water Crisis since it became national news in 2015. Despite the state government reporting that the lead present in Flint's water is below the federally-accepted threshold, the residents of Flint are still dealing with the effects of the water crisis, both physical — the lead pipes won't all be replaced until, at least, the year 2020 — and mental, as the Michigan government has lost the trust of the residents of Flint, and deservedly so.

Meanwhile, Swiss food conglomerate Nestlé only pays $200 per year to pump 576,000 gallons of freshwater daily from the state's Great Lakes Basin, as the people of Flint are paying upwards of $200 per month for water they aren't sure is safe to use.

But this is in no way the only reason to purge your home of Nestlé-produced products and ensure you aren't buying Nestlé from your local 7-11. The company has a multi-billion dollar history of sketchy business practices and profit motivation at all costs.

Aside from Nestlé's well-documented water exploitation practices, the company has been implicated in a variety of controversies. Nestlé has been accused of union busting and deliberately setting up production facilities in countries with lax labor laws, such as North Korea, China, and Columbia. Workers who have attempted to unionize are said to have received threats of termination from the company itself and have been recipients of physical intimidation.

Similarly, Nestlé has been accused of using child labor of cacao plantations as a means to cut costs. In 2005, the International Labor Rights Fund sued the company in U.S. federal court, charging that they were involved in the abuse and forced labor of children in their West African supply chain.

But what is perhaps the company's most shocking scandal occurred in the 1970s. For years, Nestlé employees pushed their infant formula on young mothers in the Global South — even going as far as to dress up as health professionals — telling the women that Nestlé's formula was better for their babies than their own breast milk. These mothers, on the advice of the "doctors" and "nurses," weaned their babies off the breast and transitioned them to formula, depriving their babies of the nutrients they need that can only be obtained from breastfeeding. Since depriving a baby of breast milk can leave them prone to increased health risks and health problems, Nestlé is complicit in the deaths of the children from the Global South whose mothers bought the lie perpetuated by Nestlé's "health professionals." This revelation led to a worldwide boycott that continues to this day.

These are just a few.

There are others.

Boycott Nestlé.

Robert Franklin

Posted on April 12, 2018 09:10

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