Posted by: r.m. | March 18, 2009

some reasons to boycott Nestle

so, why boycott Nestle? why be happy that two more US towns have said no to Nestle?
here are some reasons

– (1) promotion of a product (baby milk formula) over the safer and more nutritious (breastmilk) while knowing that baby milk formula cannot be safely used in societies that do not have clean water. Can a product which requires clean water, good sanitation, adequate family income and a literate parent to follow printed instructions, be properly and safely used in areas where water is contaminated, sewage runs through the streets, poverty is severe and illiteracy is high?” In 1978 Nestlé admitted, “No”. Sadly when the same question is asked today, the answer remains, “No”. Check out the INFACT campaign and this breastfeeding campaign

– (2) pro-Zionist. it maintains a branch in Israel. It  owns 50.1% of Israeli food maker Osem Investments. In 2000, it announced it will invest millions of dollars to operate the new R&D centre in israel. In 1998, Mr. Peter Brabeck-Letmathe on behalf of Nestle, received the Jubilee Award by the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. This is the highest tribute ever awarded by the “State of Israel” in recognition of those individuals and organizations, that through their investments and trade relationships, have done the most to strengthen the Israeli economy.

– (3) anti-environmental. Nestle and ( Kraft, Lavazza and Marubeni) are degrading of Bukit Barisan Selatan, home to endangered tigers and rhinos by purchasing coffee beans that have been grown illegally.


Responses

  1. I remember this campaign from about 15 years ago at university. They distribute the milk for free at first, the babies get used to it, and then their mothers have to buy it which means huge profits for Nestle. It’s all marketing and their aim is pure profit. It’s quite depressing that the problem still exists today.

  2. sometimes mothers have some kind of hormonal problems, and wouldn’t be able to supplement their baby with natural breast milk? so, what to do in this case??
    plus, I think baby formula SHOULD be introduced to babies, to boost their immune system- not at a very early age that is- but they are going to be exposed to that contaminated water sometime later in their life…
    one more thing, I agree that nestle has been doing some activities that are not so pro-environment and all others mentioned above, but I don’t think other companies are doing much better… they have their flaws too…

    • I realize this post is old, but I feel I must respond…

      “I think baby formula SHOULD be introduced to babies, to boost their immune system”

      Oh Jesse, the fact that you wrote that shows how successful formula companies advertising campaigns’ truly are.

      You are unfortunately poorly educated on breast feeding. Breast milk is the best substance to improve a baby’s immune system. Yes, the babies would eventually be exposed to the polluted water… but let me ask you this, would you rather be sneezed on by 1,000 people or just one? a poor analogy perhaps, but my point is that the mother is consuming or being exposed to the the water, which will pass on immunities much more effectively and safely than direct exposer via formula. I won’t begin to get into the immunity damaging effects of formulas on the human body.. please look it up for yourself.

      and in response to what happens when a mother has hormonal problems: 1-5 percent of the women in the world cannot breast feed, that is true…. obviously these ‘problems’ are over diagnosed. If you are one of the very few woman who do not able to produce milk..there are human milk banks throughout the world that can supply breast milk to an infant, or a wet nurse could be used. Formula should be used when there are absolutely no other options.


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