[NYCkayaker] Nestles & Water

Erik Baard erikbaard@gmail.com
Mon Jun 24 17:29:45 EDT 2013

Colbert nicely skewered this product and the broader industry (10 minute


On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM, Robert Huszar <r-huszar@panix.com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> While this isn't 100% water related (by what we do at nyckayaker
> standards), it certainly is water related enough to make me angry. I pass
> this along to those of you who have an interest in these matters. To the
> rest of you, I apologize for the intrusion.
> Bob Huszar
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Sun, 02 Jun 2013 15:17:17 +0000
> From: "Angus Wong, SumOfUs.org" <us@sumofus.org>
> To: Robert Huszar <r-huszar@panix.com>
> Subject: [utf-8] Nestlé
>       Nestle is sucking water from a watershed during drought conditions in
>    order to bottle and sell it. From patenting flowers to claiming water is
>    not a public right, Nestle is trying to commodify everything.
>    Tell Nestle to stop bottling from a Canadian aquifer in drought
>    conditions.
>    [1]Sign the Petition
>    Robert,
>    Nestle's Chairman and former CEO once infamously declared that "access
> to
>    water should not be a public right." And now his company is putting into
>    practice its belief that every resource should be commodified and sold
>    off. Nestle is sucking up water from a Canadian watershed during drought
>    conditions -- to bottle and sell it off.
>    Nestle has won a permit to drain an Ontario aquifer whenever it likes.
>    Meanwhile, the surrounding communities which rely on the aquifer have
>    by-laws to restrict their access to their own water during dry
> conditions
>    in the summer. This just isn't right, and groups are fighting back
> against
>    Nestle and the Ontario government office that handed out its permit in
> an
>    environmental tribunal. It shouldn't take a legal proceeding to force
>    Nestle to do the right thing. Let's tell Nestle that a community's
> access
>    to its own water supply is more important than any company's profits.
>    [2]Tell Nestle: Stop bottling Ontario's water source during drought
>    conditions.
>    Currently, Nestle has a permit through 2017 to take about 1.1 million
>    litres of water per day from Hillsburgh, Ontario for its bottling
>    operations in nearby Aberfoyle -- even during drought conditions while
>    there are by-laws on water use for households. SumOfUs.org is joining a
>    number of groups that are fighting back against Nestle.
>    Nestle has been in the news a lot lately for attempting to profit from
> our
>    natural resources. Last month, over 220,000 SumOfUs.org supporters
> signed
>    our petition against Nestle's greedy effort to patent the fennel
> flower, a
>    cure-all medicinal remedy for millions of people in impoverished
>    communities across the Middle East and Asia. Several days after we sent
>    out our petition, a video emerged showing Nestle's Chairman claiming
> that
>    the idea that water is a human right comes from "extremist" NGOs and
> that
>    water should have a market value. Nestle has dealt with NGOs and lost
>    before -- the years-long boycott over Nestle's dirty tactics to get
>    mothers to stop breastfeeding and use baby formula -- which resulted in
>    thousands of infant deaths from water-born illnesses -- was a historic
>    success in corporate campaigning.
>    Nestle's appetite to commodify water and natural remedies is a recurring
>    strategy by a corporation with a pattern of seeking to privatize and
>    profit from traditional knowledge and our natural resources. By speaking
>    out against the draining of our watersheds, you will be taking a stand
>    against Nestle's strategy to profit off everything in nature.
>    [3]Demand that Nestle stop commodifying everything in nature. Stop
>    draining Ontario's watershed to bottle water.
>    Thanks for all you do
>    Angus, Martin & the team from SumOfUs.org
>    ************
>    More information:
>    [4]Council of Canadians raises climate change and drought concerns in
>    Nestle case. Council of Canadians, Apr. 23rd, 2013.
>    [5]The Privatization of Water: Nestle Denies that Water is a Fundamental
>    Human Right. Global Research. Apr. 20th, 2013.
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