Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Nestlé boycott, and why you should get involved.

This article originally appeared in Beat Motel #7 and has been republished a few times since. This article is copyright free, please redistribute.

Since the 1970s Nestlé has continued to market it’s baby formula in a sickeningly unethical way to third world countries. It has been proven again and again that using Nestlé baby formula instead of breast milk means the child doesn’t receive the essential immunity boosting hormones released by the mother and as a consequence is not protected against diseases that here in the west are usually nothing more than a minor inconvenience. It is estimated that around 1,300,000 babies die every year as a direct result of Nestlé’s marketing to mothers in underdeveloped countries, and that figure is from UNICEF!

As most mothers using the formula are very poor they mix up a very weak formula as a matter of course, meaning their babies don’t get anything like the nutrition they need. The fact that Nestlé baby formula has to be mixed with water is probably the greatest danger of all, especially as contaminated water is often used. The result is babies are being given diseased water causing them to get sick and die of diseases that they would be protected from if breast fed, and would not be exposed to if they were breast fed.

To put things into some sort of bizarre context, it is estimated that around 8 million people died in World War 1, since 1974 Nestlé have been responsible for the deaths of over 41 MILLION babies in developing countries. So what’s the response to this money driven manslaughter? Well not a lot really. Nestlé have some pretty tasty lawyers on retainers and anyone making these claims in the public arena will be silenced pretty quickly. The full horror of the marauding beast that is Nestlé doesn’t stop at infanticide, a quick search on Google will tell tales of the raping of natural resources, horrific treatment of slave labour staff and far more.

There is a very direct and wonderfully lazy way to fight this horror, just stop buying Nestlé products! However, this is more of a challenge than you might think.

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