Nestle’s Wet Dream: They Mark Up Water 53 MILLION Percent

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The directors of Nestle must be breathing a sigh of relief as the world targets Monsanto with a barrage of negative publicityglobal protests, and grassroots campaigns.  While we’re all distracted by Monsanto’s GMO corruption of the food supply, Nestle is taking steps to profit off of the natural world with patents on breast milk and medicinal plants, and the privatization of water,and giving the seed company a run for the title of The Most Evil Corporation in the World.

Between corporate demons like Nestle and Monsanto, the very right to life itself is becoming a commodity with a price tag as access to food and water become a privilege only available to those who have the means to pay for it.

The potential death toll would be astonishing.  Is that the point? A team effort in which the elite make money hand over fist, massive depopulation, and indentured servitude in exchange for the right to eat and drink?

Monsanto and Nestle are firmly on the same team - Nestle donated over $1 million to the campaign against GMO labeling in California and their CEO has claimed that in 15 years of consumption, no one was every harmed by eating GMOs.

While the world’s attention has been on Monsanto’s corruption of the food supply, Nestle has been quietly draining water sources around the globe and marking it up a mind-blowing 53,908,255%, while the rest of us must deal with droughts, regulations on wells and rainwater, and rising prices.

The Nestle website touts the slogan:  Good Food, Good Life is the promise we commit to, everyday, everywhere – to enhance lives, throughout life, with good food and beverages.  Somehow, it seems that mission statement must have gotten lost in the interoffice email system, because Nestle executives don’t seem to have received that message.

The Global Water Grab

Nestle has virtually taken over the water supplies in parts of South Africa, Ethiopia, and Pakistan, leaving residents of those countries to sicken and die from what remains.  Nestle has been deaf to pleas from affected villagers for access to clean water.

Perhaps that is because of theircorporate belief that water is a commodity, not a basic human right.

Natural Society’s Anthony Gucciardi wrote:

“Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? Should the poor who cannot afford to pay these said corporations suffer from starvation due to their lack of financial wealth? According to the former CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer in the world, corporations should own every drop of water on the planet — and you’re not getting any unless you pay up.”

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Gucciardi is referring to a video from 2005 that recently surfaced and went viral. In the video, Nestle’s loathsome head exec, Peter Brabeck-Letmathe had these outrageous comments about the right to water.

“Water is of course the most important raw material we have today in the world.  It’s a question of whether we should privatise the normal water supply for the population.  And there are two different opinions on the matter.

The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs [NGOs = Non-Government Organizations], who bang on about declaring water being a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water.  That’s an extreme solution.

And the other view says that water is a foodstuff like any other and like any other foodstuff it should have a market value.

Personally, I believe it’s better to give food stuff a value so we are all aware that it has its price and then that one should take specific measures for the part of the population that has no access to this water and there are many different possibilities there.” (source)

How benevolent of Nestle to make sure that we, the peons, realize that water has value. How rational that he believes all human beings having a right to water is “an extreme solution.”  Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, a Bilderberg group attendee, clearly has classic psychological issues.  “Antisocial personality disorder is a mental health condition in which a person has a long-term pattern of manipulating, exploiting, or violating the rights of others.”

All over the world, Nestle has been draining the water from financially beleaguered regions.

The technique Nestlé uses is this: Find an economically weak region, buy up the land surrounding the water source and grease the political wheels by making a proposal the residents can’t possibly refuse. How can depressed regions resist new jobs and added local revenue? But, the revenue generated by these regions natural resource by and large goes to a corporation headquartered in Lake Geneva, Switzerland. And if the financial incentives aren’t enough to assuage concerned citizens, Nestlé’s more than happy to battle it out in court. (source)

Just so that’s clear, they find places that are already struggling with poverty.  Then, they make the poverty worse by damaging watersheds and wetlands, siphoning off hundreds of millions of gallons annually, and leaving the fields barren and dry.  This isn’t something that is just happening in Third World countries.  They’ve done it in our own backyards.  Here are just a few examples of communities pillaged by Nestle:

  • Denver, Colorado
  • Sacramento, California
  • Fryeburg, Maine
  • Mecosta, Michigan

The small Canadian town of Hillsburgh, Ontario is Nestle’s most recent target.  Nestle has permission to take 1.1 million liters of water per day from Hillsburgh’s aquifers, even during droughts.  Initially, the province had set limits on the company’s ability to withdraw that amount during drought conditions, but after “negotiations” the Ministry of the Environment capitulated to Nestle’s demands that their water pumping not be restricted.  Meanwhile, residents of the town are held to usage restrictions, as their grass turns brown and their gardens die.

The Council of Canadians, along with several regional conservation groups, has appealed the ministry’s decision to an environmental tribunal.

We find it very troubling that the Ontario government has settled with Nestle,” Council of Canadians chair Maude Barlow said in a statement. “Ontario must prioritize communities’ right to water above a private company’s thirst for profit. Our government must think about water availability for our grand children, great grand children and beyond.”

Under its current permit, Nestlé pays $3.71 for every million litres of water it pumps from the local watershed, which it then packages in single-use plastic bottles and sells back to the public for as much as $2 million,” the Council says.

But a Nestle spokesman told The Huffington Post Canada that the drought restrictions were only put in place due to an “administrative misunderstanding,” and mandatory rules were never the intent. (source)

Let me repeat the most important sentence in that quote.

Nestlé pays $3.71 for every million litres of water it pumps from the local watershed, which it then packages in single-use plastic bottles and sells back to the public for as much as $2 million.

$3.71 turns into $2,000,000.

A mark-up of 53,908,255%.  I checked it HERE just to make sure.

Nestle gets a free ride while water regulations abound for the rest of us.

While Nestle has free rein to tap into water supplies across the country, the rest of us are losing access to water at an exponential rate.  New laws are springing up that could tax people for the usage of well water and that disallow the collection of rainwater.   That’s right –  Nestle can take 1.1 million liters per month – but you can’t have a rain barrel in your backyard for your garden.

 classic Agenda 21 strategy, this pretense at sustainability practices remove resources from the hands of the average person, and place the control in the hands of the elite, via large corporations who pay little to nothing in taxes.

Section II of Agenda 21, CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT OF RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPMENT, lays out the guidelines in warm and fuzzy language.  This section includes protection of the atmosphere, land, mountains, ocean and fresh waters. So basically everything in the environment of a given country.  This means that historical ways of using these resources could be outlawed, changing the basic ways of life for the indigenous people to make way for “progress” and “sustainability”.  This gives control of all natural resources to the good folks of the Division of Sustainable Development.

By specifically outlining the management of all natural resources, it disallows the use of them for any but the 1% in power, effectively keeping people from farming, fishing, mining or otherwise harvesting the innate supplies provided by their environments.

 

Nestle has many other appalling practices

The unsavory practices of Nestle don’t end with water.  They have spread their unethical tentacles throughout every faction of the business, despite their misleading PR campaign promoting a wholesome, community-oriented image.

Nestle wages war against breastfeeding.

Nestle is the number one producer of baby formula in the world. (Formula is an $11.5 billion dollar industry.)  The company has received sharp criticism for its inroads into third world countries, where they have created massive demand for baby formula in a place where the poverty is so intense that mere survival is a struggle.  Presented with the idea that formula was healthier for their babies than breast milk, the destitute mothers began watering down the formula and, as a result, millions of infants around the globe died of malnutrition.

A New York Times’ article on the scandal said one Jamaican family’s income “averaged only $7 a week,” leading the mother to dilute the water with as much as three times the recommended amount of water so she could feed two children.

“The results can be seen in the clinics and hospitals, the slums and graveyards of the Third World,” said War on Want. “Children whose bodies have wasted away until all that is left is a big head on top of the shriveled body of an old man.”

In the Times, United States Agency for International Development official, Dr. Stephen Joseph, blamed reliance on baby formula for a million infant deaths every year through malnutrition and diarrheal diseases.  (source)

Nestle’s war on breastfeeding didn’t stop there, however.  Patent US 8012509 B2 for the compounds in human breast milk was granted to Nestle in 2011.  According to a paper in the International Breastfeeding Journal in 2006, there were over 1200 patents currently pending on the components of human breast milk in the United States alone. “The ownership and monopolization of human milk components has been declared by various institutions and corporations from medical universities such as John Hopkins and Baylor College of Medicine, to infant formula companies such as Nestle and Wyeth, to biotech companies such as Agennix, and even including the US Government as represented by the Department of Health.”

Nestle is trying to patent the healing powers of the fennel flower:

In a paper published last year, Nestlé scientists claimed to “discover” what much of the world has known for millennia: that nigella sativa extract could be used for “nutritional interventions in humans with food allergy”.

But instead of creating an artificial substitute, or fighting to make sure the remedy was widely available, Nestlé is attempting to create a nigella sativa monopoly and gain the ability to sue anyone using it without Nestlé’s permission. Nestlé has filed patent applications — which are currently pending — around the world.

Prior to Nestlé’s outlandish patent claim, researchers in developing nations such as Egypt and Pakistan had already published studies on the same curative powers Nestlé is claiming as its own. And Nestlé has done this before — in 2011, it tried to claim credit for using cow’s milk as a laxative, despite the fact that such knowledge had been in Indian medical texts for a thousand years. (source)

Nestle performs cruel and unnecessary tests on animals in order to add health claims to their Nestea beverages.

  • Mice bred to suffer from brain dysfunction and rapid aging were fed tea extracts and then locked in a dark chamber, where they received painful electric shocks to their feet. The mice were then killed.

  • Mice bred to suffer from muscle degeneration were fed tea components, after which experimenters cut open the animals’ leg muscles and then decapitated them.

  • Experimenters injected toxic chemicals into mice to destroy insulin-producing cells, causing the animals to develop diabetes. After this cruel procedure, the mice were force-fed tea extracts and then killed.

  • After causing rats to suffer from high levels of fat and cholesterol in their bloodstreams, experimenters shoved tubes down the animals’ throats to force them to consume tea ingredients. The rats were then killed and dissected.

(source)

Nestle chocolate comes from slave labor, and the slaves include children.

Confectionary News reports that Nestle’s executive vice president, Jose Lopez, was asked how long the company had been using child labor. His reply was, “For as long as we’ve been using cocoa.”

But don’t worry – they promised to do better.

A report of the Washington-based civil society organisation Fair Labor Association (FLA) has shown that child labour is still widespread on Ivory Coast cocoa farms supplying Nestlé. It was the first time that a multinational chocolate producer had allowed its procurement system to be completely traced and assessed.

The study had found numerous violations of internal work rules and children’s rights. The most common tasks carried out by children on cocoa farms are filling plastic bags for nurseries, breaking up pods and transporting plants, according to the FLA. Under local law, carrying heavy loads is one of the worst forms of child labour, and the use of machetes and knives to break pods is a hazardous task. The report also found rampant injuries, mainly with machetes that slice into the children’s legs as they harvest the cocoa pods, as well as both adults and children working long hours without pay. Nestlé has announced to improve its monitoring mechanisms in its cooperatives. (source)

The Resistance Against Nestle

Much like the global resistance against Monsanto, the resistance against Nestle is rooted in alternative and social media.  The sharing of information about their unethical practices can help to take them down.

A global boycott of Nestle began in the US in 1977 in response to their aggressive marketing of baby formula, particularly in poverty-stricken Third World countries. The boycott is still active in 2013, and is administrated by the International Nestlé Boycott Committee and the UK group Baby Milk Action.

Another such movement is the website Stop Nestle Waters.  The site was created to help defend small communities against Nestle.  On their homepage, they explain why they have targeted the company:

  • Because Nestle’s predatory tactics in rural communities divide small towns and pit residents against each other.

  • Because Nestle reaps huge profits from the water they extract from rural communities – which are left to deal with the damage to watersheds, increases in pollution and the loss of their quiet rural lifestyle

  • Because Nestle has a pattern of bludgeoning small communities and opponents with lawsuits and interfering in local elections to gain control of local water supplies.

  • Because the environmental consequences of bottled water on our atmosphere, watersheds and landfills are simply too big to ignore.

This grassroots movement uses the power of social media to share information and wage war against Nestle.

Corporate Accountability International has named Nestle as a nominee in this year’s Corporate Hall of Shame, in unethical company with the likes of Monsanto, Walmart, and Bank of America.  Nestle was nominate “for undermining the human right to water and aggressively expanding water bottling operations over the objection of communities globally.”  (You can cast your vote HERE)

 Nestle’s Brands

Nestle sells products under many different brand names to give the illusion of choice. If you would like to avoid purchasing Nestle’s products because of their unethical practices and their charge to privatize water, the following list of Nestle brands is from BabyMilkAction.org.  Some of the products are from the UK and are sold under different company banners in the United States.  (Cheerios, for example, are General Mills in the US, but they are Nestle in the UK)
Coffee - Nescafé including:
  • Alta Rica
  • Black Gold
  • Blend 37
  • Cap Colombie
  • Cappuccino
  • Caro
  • Decaff
  • Expresso
  • Fine Blend
  • Gold Blend
  • Kenjara
  • Nescafé Ice
  • Nescafé Organic
  • Nespresso coffee and machines
  • Partners Blend

Dairy products

  • Carnation
  • Coffee-Mate
  • Extreme Viennois
  • Fussells
  • Ideal
  • LC1
  • Munch Bunch yoghurts
  • Rachel’s Dairy
  • Rowntree yoghurts and ice creams
  • Simply Double
  • Ski yogurts
  • Sveltesse yogurts
  • Tip-Top

Confectionery & snacks

  • Aero
  • After Eights
  • Animal Bar
  • Baci Chocolate
  • Black Magic
  • Blue Riband
  • Breakaway
  • Caramac
  • Chocolate Cuisine
  • Colgate Dental Gum
  • Dairy Box
  • Dairy Crunch
  • Double Cream
  • Drifter
  • Fab
  • Fruit Pastilles
  • Heaven
  • Henri Nestlé Collection
  • Jellytots
  • Kit Kat
  • Kit Kat Chunky
  • Kit Kat - Fairtrade
  • Lion Bar
  • Lyons Maid Ice Cream
  • Matchmakers
  • Maxibon
  • Milky Bar
  • Munchies
  • Nestlé Ice Cream
  • Polo
  • Quality Street
  • Rolo
  • Rowntrees Fruit Gums
  • Smarties
  • Toffee Crisp
  • Toffo
  • Tooty Frooties
  • Walnut Whip
  • Willy Wonka
  • Yorkie

Mineral/bottled water

  • Aqua Panna
  • Aquarel
  • Buxton
  • Contrex
  • Perrier
  • Pow-wow
  • San Pellegrino
  • Santa Maria
  • Valvert
  • Vittel

Other drinks

  • Build-up
  • Milo
  • Nesquik
  • Nestea

Processed meals

  • Buitoni pasta & canned foods
  • Herta
  • Jenny Craig
  • Maggi
  • Osem/Tivall
  • Rowntrees Jellies

Cereals

  • Cheerios
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Cinnamon Grahams
  • Golden Grahams
  • Clusters
  • Cookie Crisp
  • Shreddies
  • Fibre 1
  • Fitnesse
  • Force Flakes
  • Fruitful
  • Golden Nuggets
  • Nesquik cereal
  • Shredded Wheat including: Bitesize, Fruitful, Honey Nut
  • Shreddies: Coco and frosted

Specialised

  • PowerBar

Cosmetics

  • Biotherm
  • Body Shop
  • Cosmence
  • Garnier
  • Helena Rubenstein
  • Innéov
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Lancome
  • L’Oreal
  • Matrix
  • Maybelline
  • Metamorphosis
  • Plénitude
  • Redken

Pet Foods

  • Arthur’s
  • Bakers
  • BETA
  • Bonio
  • Felix
  • Friskies
  • Go-Cat
  • Go-dog
  • Gourmet
  • One
  • Pro Plan
  • Purina
  • Spiller’s
  • Vital Balance
  • Winalot

Nestle is also the purveyor of the following baby products, according to their website “Nestle Baby Products” page

Baby Products

  • Good Start formulas
  • Follow-up formulas
  • Gerber products

 

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In the interest of balance, here’s NESTLE’S RESPONSE:
This article contains a lot of misinformation. You can find our views on many of these issues on our corporate website:http://www.nestle.com/aboutus/ask-nestle Our Chairman believes access to drinking water is a human right, as he explains in this recent article for the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/15JwjIg. Mr Brabeck is committed to raising awareness of the important issue of water scarcity and has written about this extensively on his blog: http://www.water-challenge.com/default.aspx#.UbCUJNKSJXE
REBUTTAL:  

 

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63 Comments  to  Nestle’s Wet Dream: They Mark Up Water 53 MILLION Percent

  1. kevin says:

    Hi Daisy.

    Good to see your writings getting circulation.

    You are improving as a writer daily.

    It is good to see.

    Your “revolution” article was posted at the playground. Great article.

    As you go up the ladder, don’t forget us little people!! :)

    • Daisy Luther says:

      Hi, Kev! :)

      I’m a little people too – just sitting in the cabin pecking away on a laptop.

      Old friends are the best friends!

      D

  2. kevin says:

    I am so TIRED of the internets bull$hit.

    I came here(and made my last comment linking through the playground) (you know what site I mean).

    went back to the playground, and here are the links on the left side (from the top of the comments up)-

    Pasted-

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    Notice anything missing Daisy?? Organic prepper.

    Keep up the fight Daisy, just want you to know “they” have the tech, the know how, and the money.

    BUT-

    Victor Hugo – “No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.”

  3. I marched against Monsanto on 25th May 2013 says:

    Daisy,

    Glad to see you covering Nestlé — another evil multinational.

    I’ve been following their drive to own water for a while now. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, here’s a video circulating about the head of Nestlé saying he believes water should be regarded as a ‘foodstuff’ and people should have to pay for the right to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iGj4GpAbTM

    It was a totally creepy experience watching and listening to this guy. He had something weird going on with his eyes and it made me think of David Icke and his outlandish belief that the world is run by a reptilian race. Perhaps Icke is not so wrong after all. LOL!

    What made listening to Brabeck doubly creepy was that he clearly thought he had something of immense value to say. How do you tell someone like that they’re sick and need to do the world a favour and check themselves out of life? He clearly has more than a few loose screws and is a large-scale megalomaniac — like all other big industry leaders.

    It has occurred to me in recent months as these multinationals step up their bid to rule the world, that perhaps their increasing aggression and displays of greed isn’t all bad. We need a planetary revolution to happen, and every new move they make to consolidate their power brings us nearer to the brink — to the moment when people explode in mass revolt. Let’s hope the straw that breaks the camel’s back is not far off.

    I am NOT advocating violence … what I am is eagerly hoping for a calm and determined worldwide revolt.

  4. Jerry Bierens says:

    The boycott needs to be extensive and non ending.

  5. ERIC THE RED says:

    THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT FOUNDATION DOCUMENTATION POST OF THE ON-GOING AMERICAN CORPORATION FASCIST GREED…RUN OUT-OF-CONTROL:

    WITH FOCUS ON NESTLES CORPORATION…

    THERE ARE MANY OTHER MALO CORPORATIONS THAT NEED SUCH ANALYSIS…

    PERO, YOUR WORK ON “NESTLES WET DREAM” SURELY ADS TO THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NEEDED ANALYSIS THAT HOPEFULLY WILL PROTECT THE NINAS, NINOS AND NIETOS OF OUR PLANET FROM WHATEVER COUNTRY-LANGUAGE-OR RELIGIOUS…RESTRICTIONS THAT APPLY TO
    THOSE WHO WISH A TOTAL WORLD MONEY CONTROL “PHILOSOPHY.”

    FINAL ANALYSIS:

    WOULD ANYONE PLEASE CONSIDER THE FUTURE OF THE CHILDREN OF
    THE WORLD…????

    ALL CHILDREN FROM ALL RELIGIONS AND ALL COUNTRIES OF OUR PLANET

    AND NOT ABOUT RELIGIOUS “PHILOSOPHIES…”

    WE HAVE ALL KNOWN FOR MANY YEARS THAT THE PETRO-DOLLAR IS BEING
    REPLACED BY THE USA MONSANTO-DOLLAR…AND TOTAL USA CORPORATE
    CONTROL OF THE WORLD’S FOOD SUPPLY; NATURAL WATER SUPPLY…ET AL.

    OBAMA HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE CORPORATE IMF WORLD CONTROL OF OUR PLANET’S
    NATURAL FOOD AND WATER SUPPLY…

    MONSANTO STRIVES TO CONTROLS THE WORLD’S
    FOOD SUPPLY THROUGH GMO SEEDS… AND NESTLE’S CORPORATION GOES FOR
    TOTAL CONTROL-

    I HOPE THIS INFORMATION PROVIDED ABOVE BY MS. DAISY LUTHER WILL CONTINUE TO STRIKE ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF THIS EVIL BUSH-CHENEY CABAL…

    WE HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN WITNESS TO THE NESTLES CORPORATE MONETARY DESTRUCTION OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN COFFEE MARKET BY
    THE COST MANIPULATION OF FLOODING THE MARKET WITH CHEAP $1.00
    PER POUND SOUTH VIETNAMESE COFFEE…

    VAYA CON DIOS

  6. yental says:

    Speechless…can’t add or subtract from the “article/presentation”. Time for me to retire and leave THIS to younger, smarter, and more energetic bloggers. My “trigger finger” will never voluntarily retire, but I am finding fewer and fewer reasons to comment on the assessment and articles/contributions of other determined and quite intelligent contributors.

    A “thumbs up” is becoming my future contribution.

    And that is a GOOD THING! For the likes of “Daisy”, no further explanation is needed. ;)!

  7. Tom says:

    Cheerios!?!? Really? last I checked Cheerios was a General Mills product. Just how accurate is this list?

    • Daisy Luther says:

      Tom:

      Wow – I was thinking the same thing when I read your comment! So I checked:

      From Wikipedia:
      “In some other countries, including the United Kingdom, it is a distinct recipe (with much higher sugar levels) sold by Cereal Partners under the Nestlé brand.”
      From the Nestle UK site: http://www.nestle.co.uk/brands/breakfastcereals

      Thanks for catching that! :) I’m going to add this info to the article to clarify it!

      Daisy

    • Anon says:

      When it all comes down to it, all the food brands in the world are owned by ten different corporations. Cherrios I know isn’t nestle unless General mills was bought

      Nestle
      Coke
      Pepsi
      Johnson&Johnson
      General mills
      Kellogg’s
      Kraft
      Mars
      Unilever
      P&G

  8. Susanne Shaw says:

    Been avoiding Nestles for years, except for one thing–a chocolate bar. That, too, will now be boycotted. I do most of my shopping in healthfood stores and local farmers’ markets. The cheese is sooOOooo much better, and so is the chocolate:)

    Sue

  9. Billy Woody says:

    wow, you folks need to really stop and look before you begin to bash a man and a company based on nothing. The man did not say he wanted to privatise water, not even close. He discussed water having a value so that it can be used to basically help those areas that do not have access to water. There us zero science that has proven GMOs directly harm anyone. His statement is true that in many years that GMOs have been in use there are no issues.

    Take off you foil hats and calm down.

    • Neil says:

      Hey Billy … wakey wakey … before you make ignorant, uniformed statements maybe do some research. There is plenty of research that shows that GMOs cause cancerous tumours, organ damage and premature death in rats. You want to eat that stuff go right ahead my friend. Dr Arpad Pusztai’s research years ago into the deadly effects of GMO potatoes on rats was of course targeted by the establishment and he naturally lost his job for telling the truth. It still amazes me that people like you have the balls to flaunt your ignorance on forums.

      • Billy Woody says:

        Rats. Great. Last I checked I was not a rat. Also, these “tests” are done the same way they test artificial sweeteners. They overload the rat with what equates to a year’s consumption in one day. you do that with anything and it will grow tumors. If your belief is correct where are all the extra tumors from 15 years of eating GMOs? Have we had a massive increase in tumors in the last 15 years?

    • Scott says:

      Hey Billy, you obviously didn’t do any research before making that idiotic comment. There is A LOT of science that proves GMOs are harmful. Just look it up, if you know how. And to say there have been no issues in all the years of use shows how uninformed you are. Honey Bees for one are dieing in massive numbers as a result of feasting on GMO pollen. Stop watching Barney The Dinosaur episodes and do some basic research.

      • Billy Woody says:

        So honey bees and rats are your proof? I ask again, where are all the dead HUMANS with tumors over the last 15 years? How many HUMANS are alive today, especially in areas around the world that are difficult to grow, because of GMO foods?

        Read this article from that conservative paper, the LA Times, http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-gmo-cotton-better-diet-indian-farmers-20130606,0,1703252.story

        • Karl Schmith says:

          So, Billy, You are not a rat or a bee. True. But you can’t really be ignorant enough to believe that the loss of bees is meaningless. No bees. No plant propagation. No food supply. No Billy. Hmmm. Maybe not so bad after all. Fool!

        • Susan says:

          No bees = global famine in a very short time. But hey, it’s no big deal, right, Billy?

        • Raw Food Junkie says:

          Billy – you actually deserve a round of applause! Well done to you…you have just taken top spot as ignorant idiot of the year :) you made the point that we are not rats nor bees and asked where all the dead human are? Umm…I’m going take a wild guess and say that they’re six feet under. And unless you didn’t already realise when humans die-they no longer have a voice to tell their story with. And would you ever consider that proof proving these multi-billion dollar companies are killing us could or would be bought out and covered up? just to let you know, there is scientific evidence showing how the altered genes in GMO products are being absorbed into our bodies (human bodies!) and that is in turn putting stress on our cells and immune system which leads to cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease…the list goes on. I gather you have quite happily been eating GMO products – which would explain the lack of brain activity and uneducated logic behind your fumbled words. I must ask though: if you’re against this article and think we’re all crazy, then why on earth would you waste your time reading it? Surely you have better things to do with your time instead of trying spread hate and judgement. Get a hobby sweetie. Life is short (especially for those eating GMO’s) so go learn to smile and do something productive with your day.

          Go enjoy a bowl of GMO corn cereal with a can of diet coke. I’m sure you’ll live a long and healthy life.

          PS: invest in some really good Healh Insurance. And quick!

      • Daisy Luther says:

        It appears we may have a new pet troll with Billy. Interesting how he has appeared to attack all of the people who are against GMOs and evil corporations. One has to wonder why he would come to a site with the word “Organic” in the name when he so clearly disagrees with the premise. Hmmm….

        • Wayne Chipman says:

          Hi Daisy, Great article, I avoid most big name foods I will have to avoid a few more now.

          Billy is a Libcom, His God is Big Government and Big Business. Talking to one of His ilk is no better than arguing with a Rock.

    • Aram says:

      So Billy? Where do you come from Monsanto or Dupont or Nestle. Tell me how much you’re paid to post your GMO pro …paganda?

      • Tricky says:

        Not trolling and hate Nestle but I think distinctions need to be made. Billy has a point. Several, in fact, which is a bit annoying but hey.

        Firstly there is a massive difference between GMO in theory and how GMO is implemented. Modifying foods (with either environmental or bio engineering) has been done for ages with no ill effects. Sweetcorn is the result of a genetic mutation which we have managed effectively. It’s not natural, we’ve manipulated it genetically and it’s not a bad thing. So we’ve actually been enjoying GMOs for centuries already.

        A genetic mutation doesn’t mean a monster or disease that will kill everyone, it just means that something genetic has been affected and it doesn’t do what it usually does. That can be good and bad.

        I do agree, however, that the implementation of GMO is a worry because food companies can’t seem to market something as simple as sugar or bread without fucking us all over.

        So if you’re against GMO then you should be against the companies who will (no doubt) take shortcuts for cost purposes and give us crap. You shouldn’t be against the theory of GMO because theoretically it’s absolutely banging.

        Again with the Nestle guy – he didn’t actually say he was going to privatise water. He said that if it has value then waste is more easily managed. He’s right. Of course, Nestle are cunts and it will no doubt lead to more Nestle profit cuntery, but that hasn’t happened yet and his point about value still stands. When stuff is free people just leave the taps on and don’t give a shit.

        Us throwing away millions of gallons of water because we’re lazy is as much of a pisstake to a 3rd world country as it is for Nestle to take it. Water is a human right for survival, but it’s not a human right to take a big bath or run sprinklers in the garden all day.

  10. Lance says:

    If you check the labels in the pet food isle, it’s not just Purina that’s owned by Nestle. Alpo, Mighty Dog, and dog treats such as Bonz are also Nestle products. I have been boycotting Nestle since seeing their name on Alpo which I have been feeding my dogs since the 1960′s when it made it’s debut as an independent brand, and have been watching the labels ever since

    It’s come to the point where a handful of large corporations own virtually ever product on the supermarket shelves and there really is virtually no competition.

    • Billy Woody says:

      You should be ashamed of feeding your dog Alpo, regardless of who owns the brand. That food is not good for dogs.

      • Wayne Chipman says:

        But GMO’s and Bottled Water are good for Us.

        You must be mildy retarded Billy. Eh Billy more like Bildo, how many times were you called Bildo as a Kid. Hundreds, Thousands.

        BILDO hehehehehehehehehehehehehhehehehehehehehhehehehehehehhehehehehehehehhehehehehehehehehhhehehehehehhehe

        • Tricky says:

          Totally different argument. Alpo is fucking awful for dogs, regardless of where you stand on GMO.

          Also watch your use of the word retarded, some people don’t like that shit.

      • Raw Food Junkie says:

        Did someone say Hypocrite…? Lol

    • Fight for bees, trees and life says:

      Sadly true about a few corporations owning the hundreds of supermarket brands. Every time I see an updated list of what little company has been swallowed by yet another multinational, I check to make sure I don’t buy any of their products. Been boycotting multinationals for years and don’t plan to stop. It’s become a way of life. With food, it’s relatively easy once you get used to eating real food, simply prepared, and not packaged crap.

      Buying non-food items require more constant attention. It’s a case of ensuring the brand of bathroom tissue you’re buying today hasn’t been bought out by a multinational tomorrow. So I’m grateful to those out there who keep on top of this ever-changing information and make it available to us. If any of you read this — THANK YOU!

  11. Nestlé says:

    This article contains a lot of misinformation. You can find our views on many of these issues on our corporate website: http://www.nestle.com/aboutus/ask-nestle Our Chairman believes access to drinking water is a human right, as he explains in this recent article for the Huffington Post: http://huff.to/15JwjIg. Mr Brabeck is committed to raising awareness of the important issue of water scarcity and has written about this extensively on his blog: http://www.water-challenge.com/default.aspx#.UbCUJNKSJXE

  12. Yet another evil US corporation to equal Monsanto – these corps need burning right to the ground and need stamping out forever. Worldwide boycott on all things Nestle and Monsanto is needed

  13. Cindy Holder says:

    I have just called Go pet (Petcurean) to confirm whether or not they are affiliated with Nestle and I was told they are not. I do not know if there is another pet food company out there using the name…but my cats and dog are happy NOT to eat anything Nestle. I loved the article though – great work!

  14. MB says:

    Great article, the power of our choices it’s our voice, our support or rejection of any product or idea will reveal who really is in control.
    So was most useful the brand products description, so when I shop I know what and whom to reject.
    Interesting to see they are starting to see their demise and fear is in their eyes.

  15. Ron Chapman says:

    G’day Daisy,

    Thank you for this excellent article.

    Blessings
    Ron
    **************

  16. arthur says:

    I wish to make a suggestion, the article use of terms like world’s most evil are major turn off to a lot of folks looking for clear rational writing.

    • aemit says:

      Ummm. The truth does hurt, especially when dumped on us in large quantities at once – and it is painful to realize that we are being bombarded with all these negative things in practically every aspect of our lives… But eventually we do get over it. Yes they are evil, and there is no milder way to say it.

  17. Fight for bees, trees and life says:

    Billy Woody, such gullibility as yours that knows no bounds is a liability our planet can’t afford. Nestlé posting their wonderful deeds on their website, is akin to a con man standing on the street corner shouting: ‘I care, I have integrity, you can trust me.’

    A lesson in truth for you: *Actions* define who we are — and those of Nestlé and that of their Chairman shout GREED, GREED, GREED and that they don’t give a damn about the world, let alone the poor of it.

    It’s unfortunate for our world that there are far too many like you who hear the Good Samaritan jargon companies like Nestlé are masters at spewing and believe they’re heroes. You apparently don’t care to know that the facts DON’T back up the pretty words.

    I bet a shark could sell you the idea it was vegetarian and cajole you to swim closer.

  18. Fight for bees, trees and life says:

    Daisy, I couldn’t stop chuckling at the wormy response a Nestlé serf was ordered to post about how misunderstood and benevolent their Chairman is.

    In typical con artist fashion, Brabeck states a number of truths — such as the need for ALL the world and not just first world countries to have access to clean water, and the need for some of us to stop using more water than we need — then claims that Nestlé is working to help solve these problems, of their altruistic endeavours to help the poor get access to clean water. The things we all want to see happen are the very things these greedy multinationals use to hide the real truth … that the one and only thing they care about is increasing their power over the masses.

    While they’re busy playing their violin to the gullible, they fail to realise that if those of us with eyes were able to actually SEE evidence of their bleeding heart claims, rather than just hear their slick patter, many if not all of us would be happy to jump on their bandwagon and applaud them.

  19. karen says:

    Haagen dazs ice cream is also owned by Nestle

    • Joel says:

      This is another one of the General Mills ones where it depends on where you are. In the US and Canada it is made under licence by Dreyer’s, who are owned by Nestle. In the rest of the world it is still a GM brand. I gather this is because when GM acquired Pillsbury (who bought HD 30 years ago) in 2001, US antitrust laws required them to sell off a bunch of the assets to stop them controlling too much of the market.

    • Joel says:

      It’s also worth noting that if you aren’t in the US/Canada and are in the market for a serious ice cream fix, that although HD isn’t Nestle, Mövenpick (which is sold pretty much everywhere outside of North America) most definitely is.

  20. Thanks for a great article and for waking me up to yet another calamity happening in the world. I have already eliminated all corn products from my diet as well as all hydrogenated oils. Nestle is a monster company. Time to eliminate ALL their products from my home. It’s a done deal for me.

  21. Pads Field says:

    I have been disgusted with Nestle for many years particularily over thier promos in poor countries telling uneducated peoples that their babyfoods are superior to breastmilk-especialy as the water in the poverty areas is terribly polluted.

  22. T W says:

    I made a petition on Avaaz:

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_Nestles_sociopath_tactics/

    If you want these practices to end, please sign and share! And share some more!

  23. ernesto says:

    Enjoyed the article, but that math on the profits is horribly incorrect. Not even close.

    • Joel says:

      Perhaps you’re thinking it’s out by a factor of 100 because you’re thinking of “times more expensive” rather than “percentage markup”.

      • Johnny says:

        No, it’s just flat out wrong. The markup is probably pretty high, but these numbers were tossed together by someone who has no idea how business actually works.

        First, the $2M in sales is quoted as being “as much as,” which is another way of saying “we’re guessing.” Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that $2M is the total of the cash register price that results from 1,000,000 litres of pumped water.

        1) Let’s also assume that $2M in sales is directly related to the water being pumped out at the $3.71/ML price that was quoted. Which is near impossible to verify, but hey. Why not.

        2) $3.71/ML may very well be the deal that’s struck with a town, but the author ignores all the overhead that also applies to making the bottled water a product. Machinery upkeep, salaries, transport, manufacturing, etc. etc. True “costs” per million litres is going to be much, much higher than $3.71.

        3) You don’t buy water from Nestlé, you buy it from distributors (e.g. grocery store). They place their own markup on it, and you can bet that this takes up a significant portion when you get down to the cash register price.

        But the author ignores all of this, and has the gall to use the ridiculous 53 million percent markup as the title hook for this piece. If they’re willing to make such egregious errors like this into order to make you read something, what else in here might be exaggerated? Not saying that this absolves corporations of any potential evil, but you need to think twice about taking what is said about them online at face value. The truth is that it’s vastly more complex than people are willing to accept.

        • Bradley C says:

          Thanks for point this out Johnny. It was aggravating me to no end, that the author completely ignored how profit margin is calculated and then used it as the title to an article, totally blowing her(?) credibility out of the water. Look before you leap folks.

  24. Paul York says:

    Much more water is wasted due to industrial livestock operations (factory farming) since humans do not need to eat animals to be healthy. That is the single biggest waste of water ever — about 34 to 40% of all water is used for that alone (60% of 70% whatever that is, since industrial ag. consumes 70% of all water, and 60% of that is used for feedcrops). So why not focus on the biggest water theft of all time?

    • Sam Schmidt says:

      Very good point! Industrial Ag is a NIGHTMARE and we’re just living on borrowed time with it. Sneaky industrialists figured out they could squeeze more profits by squeezing plants and animals into tighter and tighter spaces. Well, you can only push so much before it all explodes back in your face!

    • Raw Food Junkie says:

      This article isn’t about water theft Paul. Read it again maybe…

  25. Little Wave says:

    There is a great app called BUYCOTT. It works on iPhones and Androids. You can scan the barcode on any product and see if it conflicts with any of your principles:

    http://www.buycott.com/

    When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who owns that company, ad infinitum). It will then cross-check the product owners against the companies and brands included in the campaigns you’ve joined, in order to tell you if the scanned product conflicts with one of your campaign commitments.

    There are already boycotts against Nestle, Monsanto, the companies against GMO labelling and so many more. This app makes it easier to make conscious and responsible decisions when buying.

    I’ve been using it for a month and am amazed at the reach of these mega-corporations. At least I feel good that I am doing what I can in this slowly building revolt.

  26. Hippy dippy says:

    This article is garbage. They may have paid 3.71 for the water but what about labor, extraction equipment, shipping, packaging etc. the mark up is probably more like 50% in the end. Pure garbage.

    • Jayesper says:

      Your comment is unadulterated garbage. “Probably”? You barely go into detail there and expect the rest of us to understand perfectly! Oh yeah, that one estimation negates the rest of the information! Mr. Perfect!

  27. Jayesper says:

    Billy you SHILL! That’s not how it works! The burden of proof is on YOU. They were not ever proven to be safe, never approved. I wonder about your affiliations and your alliegences.

    People like you…

    Funny how no one really commented on his statement of Nestle’s stance on water. I caught this article and that glimpse of his comment days ago, and found it curious. Now I go back and see. Saying that is like the Emperor’s New Clothing, isn’t it? (Or is it indeed more like “You’re already dead”?)

    But man I did not know that statement was not made fairly recently. Makes sense it was something that was leaked.

  28. DiogenesUSA says:

    I only wish the public would become aware that water has become the new gold.
    One simply needs to follow the major real estate purchases around the world to see that underneath that ground is a major aquifer.
    T.Boon Pickens has made a major purchase in the Texas Panhandle, the Bush family has purchased about 100,000 acres in Paraguay, both cover major aquifers.
    This is an excellent article.

  29. Bradley C says:

    Are any of you aware of how much is charged for water if you live in a lot of US cities? It is substantial, as it should be. How much is paid by those that are on their own well? Not nearly as much, just what it costs to pump it out of the ground. Think about the economics of it, which is obviously a challenge to most socialists here.

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