Nestle is one of the largest food monopolies that have control on almost every food and drink item produced. Having that “right” to control has allowed the corporation to abuse its power for profit, destroying local water supplies, leaving populations with poisoned water or the need to ration the amount of water each individual can consume. Flint, California, and the forests of B.C are some of the areas affected by Nestle’s abuse.
In Flint, Michigan the poisoned water has led to the an outbreak of the Legionnaires disease (10 killed) as well as increased the lead levels found in children’s blood (5%) → Increase in health care to treat those who are affected.
Flint has a large poor population(41.5%)that cannot afford certain services (as rise in healthcare bills, etc.). Nestle has been pumping water from that area since 2002 → Public outrage has called for petitions and government action to end the privatization of water.
People exposed to the polluted water that has been left behind, esp. Kids (8,000) will suffer with loss of IQ in the future which will affect their education, behavior and increase criminal activity.
Nestle pumps the fresh water of areas experiencing a water crisis and then sells its bottles to the people → A strategy to increase profits, as it only costs them $200 to extract millions of gallons.
In Flint, the damage that has been caused can only impact the economy greatly → it may cost the city $400 million in long term social costs due to the effects of the poisoned water.
The contamination will lead to lost economic productivity, reliance on welfare and costs to the criminal justice system → Financial burdens on government.
However, Nestle is worth $219 billion and is a major contributor to the US economy→Stopping Nestle from achieving its yearly profit goal can affect the economy and lead to outsourcing and loss of jobs.
Fresh water supplies contaminated by bottling operations, toxic chemicals seep into the water.
Increase in plastic water bottle creation is harmful and poses a threat on wildlife and ecosystems → The Michigan plant creates 1,200 bottles every minute.
The process of extracting water and making the plastic bottles is harmful as they require the burning of fossil fuel to create the bottles.
A public hearing about Nestle’s role in the Flint water crisis occurred in Michigan this year, yet Nestle has proposed a plan to expand its pumping capacity that the government of Michigan is considering.