Nestlé, the proud manufacturer of Nestea, KitKat, Lean Cuisine, Haagen Dazs and infamously, Nestlé Pure Life Water, is everywhere we look. It’s in the isles of the grocery store, the drug store, corner store and department store. Anywhere you go, in any market, Nestlé is proudly flaunting their versatility and affordability.
It’s time we poke a hole in the family friendly personality that Nestlé hides behind and expose the real morals of the company.
This year, the city of Sacramento, California has experienced a severe drought and yet the Nestlé Pure Life Water factory continues to bottle water and sell it for profit. In fact, every year, Nestlé bottles over 80 million gallons of water from the Sacramento area alone… meanwhile the citizens of Sacramento are forced to adhere to strict water restriction and regulations.
Nestlé bottled water only pays $65 for every 470 gallons of water it pumps out of the ground, and charges roughly $1.29 per bottle on resale.
Wenonah Hauter, the Executive Director of Food and Water Watch stated that in 2000 Nestlé declared their beliefs about water very clearly. They believe that water should be defined as a need – not as a human right (Hmm… I wonder why they want everyone to think this. Only one thing comes to mind… MONEY).
This explains why they take water that is available to everyone, put it in bottles and resell it. The whole process is completely ludicrous and I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve purchased their water in the past; a mistake I will NEVER make again!
“Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing. California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain.” – Jay Famiglietti, the senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Are we going to allow this fortune 500 company to steal what is rightfully ours? We have a right to clean water, yet Nestlé continues to take this right away from us in order to make a mammoth profit!
What do you think about this conflict?
Should Nestlé simply be fined? Or should they be prohibited from bottling water from here on in?
The future of this company is in our hands. Choose not to buy Nestlé products… especially Nestlé Pure Life water!
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