Town hall in Madison, Florida. Photo by Robert Goodwin
Madison, Florida – It takes a smart and politically well-connected company like Nestlé to get a drought-stricken state like Florida to give it tens of millions of dollars worth of water to resell at enormous profits to its neighbors in states like the Carolinas and Georgia.
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Ruth Caplan, co-chair of Alliance for Democracy’s Defending Water for Life campaign, said Nestlé has sophisticated marketing campaigns that convince Americans to buy bottled water. “What they do is they try to make us want to pay a lot of money for bottled water by implying that it’s safer and healthier than water coming out of our tap,” she said. “This whole idea that bottled water is somehow pure is a marketing gimmick that consumers shouldn’t buy.”
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Across the country, communities have raised questions about the environmental impact of Nestlé’s water withdrawal, but Nestlé is not dissuaded and keeps pushing for the plants. A few communities in Colorado, California, Michigan, New Hampshire, and Maine have successfully fought back.
The Arkansas River. Photo by Sascha Brück
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Nestlé's headquarters by the waters of Lake Geneva in Vevey, Switzerland. Photo provided by Nestlé
“At what point did water go from being a public resource and a basic human right to being a commodity?”— Deborah Lapidus, national organizer for Corporate Accountability International
Swiss-owned Nestlé is the Walmart of the bottled water industry. Like the mammoth retailer, Nestlé is a volume powerhouse: it already controls a third of the bottled water market in the United States and is expanding.
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