Nestlé‘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. Nestlé is sucking up water from a Canadian watershed during drought conditions — to bottle and sell it off.
Nestlé 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 Nestlé and the Ontario government office that handed out its permit in an environmental tribunal. It shouldn’t take a legal proceeding to force Nestlé to do the right thing. Let’s tell Nestlé that a community’s access to its own water supply is more important than any company’s profits.
Currently, Nestlé 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 Nestlé.
Nestlé 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 Nestlé’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 Nestlé’s Chairman claiming that the idea that water is a human right comes from “extremist” NGOs and that water should have a market value. Nestlé has dealt with NGOs and lost before — the years-long boycott over Nestlé’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.
Nestlé’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 Nestlé’s strategy to profit off everything in nature.
Thanks for all you do
Angus, Martin & the team from SumOfUs.org
Council of Canadians raises climate change and drought concerns in Nestlé case. Council of Canadians, Apr. 23rd, 2013.
The Privatization of Water: Nestlé Denies that Water is a Fundamental Human Right. Global Research. Apr. 20th, 2013.
Nestlé 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, Nestlé is trying to commodify everything.
Tell Nestlé to stop bottling from a Canadian aquifer in drought conditions.