Not so long ago, YourNewsWire reported on former Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe’s horrific statement that water is not a fundamental human right. Nestle is once again involved in a pretty big scandal: as YourNewsWire has also reported, Nestle’s permit and license to use California water sources for it’s bottling, expired over 27 years ago – veritably meaning Nestle stealing water is not only a reality now, but they are participating in something that will soon impact not just California, but food supplies across the globe as the California is one of the world’s largest agricultural meccas.
A new petition on Sum of Us has released a photo that truly shows just how devastating the situation is. The petition says:
California will run out of water very soon.
According to NASA’s new report, California only has enough water to get it through the next year. People are under strict water-saving measures; farmers are struggling to keep their crops alive.
Yet, Nestlé is bottling water from at least ten natural springs throughout California, including from some of the most drought-stricken areas of the state, and selling it for profit. In places like Sacramento, it’s paying less than $0.14 per gallon. This is bananas.
(Click HERE to read and sign the petition)
Another fascinating tidbit from a report on The Mind Unleashed (Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized), from a few months ago. Nestle has a laundry list of environmental disasters under it’s belt:
“Nestlé production of mineral water involves the abuse of vulnerable water resources. In the Serra da Mantiqueira region of Brazil, home to the “circuit of waters” park whose groundwater has a high mineral content and medicinal properties, over-pumping has resulted in depletion and long-term damage.”
Nestle has also come under fire over the assertion that they are actually conducting business with massive slavery rings. Another Corporate Watch (Nestlé SA: Corporate Crimes) entry details:
“In 2001, Nestlé faced criticism for buying cocoa from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which may have been produced using child slaves . According to an investigative report by the BBC, hundreds of thousands of children in Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo were being purchased from their destitute parents and shipped to the Ivory Coast, to be sold as slaves to cocoa farms.”
But this latest complete dismissal of public health and safety is sparking outrage not just in America, but across the globe. Nestle stealing water has brought the corporate machine of bottling water into the limelight, with The Guardian in an article titled “California drought spurs protest over ‘unconscionable’ bottled water business”:
Californians facing the prospect of endless drought, mandated cuts in water use and the browning of their summer lawns are mounting a revolt against the bottled water industry, following revelations that Nestlé [is] taking advantage of poor government oversight to deplete mountain streams and watersheds at vast profit.
An online petition urging an immediate end to Nestle’s water bottling operations in the state has gathered more than 150,000 signatures, in the wake of an investigation by the San Bernardino Desert Sun that showed the company is taking water from some of California’s driest areas on permits that expired as long as 27 years ago.
Last month a protest at a Nestlé Waters North America bottling plant in Sacramento, the state capital, forced a one-day closure as protesters brandishing symbolic plastic torches and pitchforks blocked the entrances. The revelations have agencies from the California State Water Resources Control Board to the US Forest Service scrambling to justify a regulatory framework that is poorly policed and imposes almost no requirements on the big water companies to declare how much water they are taking.
Nestlé itself insists its water use is efficient and has minimal impact on the environment – something the activists reject out of hand.
“While California is facing record drought conditions, it is unconscionable that Nestlé would continue to bottle the state’s precious water, export it and sell it for profit,” says the petition, which is sponsored by the political activist organisation the Courage Campaign.
Images showing Nestle stealing water and the impact have begun to circulate as well of before and after photos of the drought and they are disturbing. Here are some that have people talking:
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