Nestle Chairman Says Water Is Not a Human Right

Peter Brabeck

Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck

Keithpp’s Blog

April 15, 2013

In a candid interview for the documentary We Feed the World, Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water isn’t a human right. He attacks the idea that nature is good, and says it is a great achievement that humans are now able to resist nature’s dominance. He attacks organic agriculture and says genetic modification is better. (View the video at http://keithpp.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/nestle-chairman-says-water-is-not-a-human-right/.)

Nestlé is the world’s biggest bottler of water. Brabeck claims – correctly – that water is the most important raw material in the world. However he then goes on to say that privatisation is the best way to ensure fair distribution. He claims that the idea that water is a human right comes from “extremist” NGOs. Water is a foodstuff like any other, and should have a market value.

He believes that the ultimate social responsibility of any Chairman is to make as much profit as possible, so that people will have jobs.

And just to underline what a lovely man he is, he also thinks we should all be working longer and harder.

Consequences of water privatisation

The consequences of water privatisation have been devastating on poor communities around the world. In South Africa, where the municipal workers’ union SAMWU fought a long battle against privatisation, there has been substantial research (pdf) about the effects. Water privatisation lead to a massive cholera outbreak in Durban in the year 2000.

The Nestlé boycott

Nestlé already has a very bad reputation among activists. There has been a boycott call since 1977. This is due to Nestlé’s aggressive lobbying to get women to stop breastfeeding – which is free and healthy – and use infant formula (sold by Nestlé) instead. Nestlé has lobbied governments to tell their health departments to promote formula. In poor countries, this has resulted in the deaths of babies, as women have mixed formula with contaminated water instead of breastfeeding.

Tell Nestlé they are wrong – water is a human right

There is Europe-wide campaign to tell the European Commission that water is a human right, and to ask them to enact legislation to ensure this is protected.

If you live in Europe, please sign the petition.

Original article published by Union Solidarity International.

 

 

STEWC members organize, present, and lead discussion about EWC in Dexter

On Saturday, March 2nd, 2013, several members of STEWC organized, presented, and led a community discussion about the EWC at the Ridgeview Elementary School in Dexter.  The school’s maintenance person estimated there were at least 200 people there.  Thanks to everyone who volunteered to organize the event, man tables, talk to the press, and make attendees feel welcome!
by Jackie De Tore – March 2nd 2013 07:33pm – Read more Local News
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Dexter – Mainers against the proposed East-West Corridor spoke out in Dexter on Saturday.

The timeline for a highway running east and west across Maine is unclear, but the project manager says it will happen.

Residents in the Dexter held a forum, so community members can ask questions.

Many Mainers say they want to know the exact route of the project and who will be affected.

One organizer said she doesn’t think it will be just a highway, she expects tar sands pipe lines and fracking gas pipelines.

A Member of the Stop the East-West Corridor, Meg Gilmartin said “It threatens Maine’s way of life. Here we have a really strong community based rural traditions. Farming, treasuring our natural resources, hunting, fishing, and we want to protect those things.”

Organizers said Project Manager for Cianbro, Darryl Brown denied an invitation to attend.

WABI-TV 5 News Event Announcement

by Jackie De Tore – March 1st 2013

Dexter – The timeline for a highway running east and west across Maine is unclear, but the project manager for Cianbro said it will happen.
Recent discussions with Maine Town Officials and Darryl Brown of Cianbro show the route could go through Charleston, Garland, and Dexter.

Now people in the Dexter are holding a forum so community members can ask questions.

Organizers said Brown declined an invitation to attend, but a local farmer and the state coordinator for people against the highway will be in attendance.

Community members can head to Ridge View Middle School Gymnasium on Saturday between 1:00-4:00pm to ask any questions or learn more information about the corridor.

Upcoming East-West Corridor Events

Updated February 10, 2013

February 21 ~ Hancock County Democratic Committee, 7-8pm, Ellsworth City Hall, FMI Contact Kent Price 469-1903 
Chris Buchanan, coordinator for Stop the [East-West] Corridor, and State Representative
Katherine Cassidy (D-Lubec) at 7 pm on Thursday, February 21, will address
the controversial East-West Highway currently planned for the Calais area to
Coburn Gore. The presentation will be the feature segment of the Hancock
County Democratic Committee’s regular monthly meeting, in Ellsworth City
Hall’s third-floor auditorium.

Chris Buchanan, who is working with many groups opposing the toll road, will
provide an overview of the proposal. Rep. Cassidy is a co-sponsor of the
bill to defund the $300,000 economic feasibility study that had been
authorized by the previous Maine legislature.

March 2 ~ Presentation at Dexter School, 1-4pm
Presentation for the local community being organized by STEWC members.  Confirmed details TBA soon!
March 9 ~ Outreach / Informational Meeting
STEWC meeting focused on sharing information and reaching out to more people, being organized by Sidney Mitchell.  Confirmed details TBA shortly.
 
March 13 ~ The East-West Corridor, Why Not? A Panel Presentation and Community Conversation by STEWC 
5:30 – 7:30pm Washington County Community College Lecture Hall, Calais
Panelists include:
Gene Ripley – jobs and economic impacts
Maria Girouard – water, natural resources, and our relationship with the Earth
Paul Schroeder – transparency, sovereignty / local control, eminent domain, Public-Private-Partnerships
Chris Buchanan – introductory overview, moderation
Jane Crosen is working with the map team to provide high quality maps of potential routes.
March 27 ~ The East-West Corridor, Why Not? A Panel Presentation and Community Conversation by STEWC 
5:30 – 7:30pm University of Maine at Machias, Lecture Hall in the Science Building, Machias
Panelists include:
Gene Ripley – jobs and economic impacts
Maria Girouard – water, natural resources, connecting the dots, and our relationship with the Earth
Paul Schroeder – transparency, sovereignty / local control, eminent domain, Public-Private-Partnerships
Chris Buchanan – introductory overview, moderation
Jane Crosen is working with the map team to provide high quality maps of potential routes.
March 30 ~ next STEWC coalition meeting, Daybreak Cafe, Old Town, exact time TBA but expect it to be in the morning
 
April 7 ~ Alliance for the Common Good Teach-In, UMO
More details TBA.  The theme is “Budget For All . . . Why not?” After keynote speakers there will be a panel of five people talking about topics of concern. Finally there will be two sessions of workshops with 5 workshops in each session.  The proposed LPG Tank in Searsport and the E/W Corridor will be the focus of one of the workshops. The Alliance has three slogans, one of which is a Develop a Maine Economy that protects Maine’s Environment. In this 40 minute workshop we will provide context and information for the group on how people can become involved in our campaigns.  Maximum participation is encouraged.
April 11 ~ AN EAST-WEST CORRIDOR THROUGH MAINE? PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PEOPLE
part of the Socialist and Marxist Studies Series (controversy series) this Spring on Thursdays, 12:30-1:45pm in the Bangor Room, Memorial Union, UMO
 
John Banks is a Penobscot tribal member and has served as Director of its
Natural Resources for 32 years.
Chris Buchanan is Maine Coordinator for Defending Water for Life and
statewide Coordinator for Stop the East-West Corridor (STEWC).
Gene Ripley is a farmer and entrepreneur whose Dover-Foxcroft farm may lie
in the path of the proposed East-West corridor.

STEWC has strong presence at Rally of Unity on January 8th!

On January 8th, members of STEWC joined members of over 20 other progressive activist groups in a Rally of Unity at the State House.  It was an inspiring and successful day with over 150 participants, including drumming and dancing led by members of the Wabanaki Confederacy who are also raising awareness on #IdleNoMore.  Thanks to everyone for coming to speak to legislators and share hope for a healthy and prosperous future in Maine, the way life should be!

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Click on the following links for video and news coverage:

WERU

Portland Phoenix article by Lance Tapley

WGME Channel 13

Morning Sentinel

 

Here is the press release from the event:

Press Release

On January 8th, 2013 the Alliance for Common Good will hold a “Rally of Unity” in the Statehouse Hall of Flags.  Participants will assemble on the common area outside of the statehouse at 12:00 noon and proceed to the Hall of Flags at 1:00. The “Rally of Unity” is assembling as a unified front to push back against corporate dominance in government. The primary focus is giving voice to ordinary Maine people who are concerned about the fiscal cliff, cuts to social services, the East-West corridor, open pit mining of Bald Mountain, tar sands pipelines, importing out of state waste, and the liquefied propane tank at Sears Island.  All of these issues threaten to irreversibly harm Maine’s people, economy, and environment.

The Alliance for Common Good is a collaboration of over 20 of Maine-based progressive activist groups that agree with these basic principles: We want legislators to prioritize Maine money for Maine people, developing a Maine economy that protects the environment, and getting money out of politics.  On January 8th, individual groups will provide their own message to the public and legislators by theater, song or signage.

It is hoped that all likeminded people will join us at the State House in reminding our newly elected state officials that they have been elected to represent the best interests of all of Maine’s people on this first day of the 126th Legislature.

drummers

The Alliance for Common Good currently includes:

350 Maine, AbilityMaine, Activist Art, Alliance for Democracy, American Friends Service Committee, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Bring Our War $$ Home, Citizens United, CodePink, Defending Water for Life, Don’t Waste ME, Food and Water Watch, Food for Maine’s Future, Friends of Merrymeeting Bay, Global Network, Industrial Wind activists, Maine EarthFirst!, Maine Greens, Maine Peace Action, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, National War Tax Resisters, Occupy groups statewide, Pax Christi Maine, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peninsula Peace and Justice, Pine Tree Youth Organizing, Resources for Organizing and Social Change, Social Workers,  Searsport LPG activists, Stop the East-West Corridor, Thanks But No Tank, Veterans for Peace… and growing!

Rally of Unity, January 8th, State House!

Rally of Unity…

January 8th, NOON, State House, Augusta

…for our people AND our environment on the first day of the 126th Legislature ! ! !

Organized by the Alliance for the Common Good, an ad-hoc coalition assembling as a unified front under the theme, “Maine the Possible” to give voice to ordinary Maine people and to push back against corporate dominance in government, with hopes to organize into the future. Principles we agree on:

Maine $$ for Maine People

A Maine Economy that Protects our Environment

Money Out of Politics

Current details:

-At NOON we will gather outside, possible activities include:

-holding hands in a circle of unity

-singing

-skits

-color blocks (many people wearing one color)

-At 1pm we will move into the Hall of Flags, possible activities include:

-citizen lobbying

-a human oil spill or “die-in” (wear black and lie on the floor)

 

-Individuals and groups should represent themselves visually, and be creative to highlight issues

 

-No groups will be featured.  We do not all agree or endorse each other, but we can rally behind the above principles, therefore:

-One press release will represent all of us.  To contribute to the release, or to be on the list to review the release before it’s sent out, contact Lew before January 1: kingsburyk(at)hotmail(dot)com

-Alliance spokespeople will talk to press at the event.  We’d prefer these to be citizens with a personal story, who will speak to the message of unity and say why they’re at the rally.

-One resource packet for legislators will be available. To include your issue in the packet contact Ridgely with a one page, black and white document: ridgelyfuller(at)gmail(dot)com

 

Join us:  The bigger the movement, the stronger the impact!  If your organization is interested in joining the Alliance for the Common Good on January 8th, please contact Chris to confirm your support: chris(at)defendingwater(dot)net We will be in contact with you after January 8th to explore the future of this Alliance.

 

The Alliance for the Common Good currently includes:

350 Maine, AbilityMaine, Activist Art, Alliance for Democracy, American Friends Service Committee, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Bring Our War $$ Home, Citizens United, CodePink, Defending Water for Life, Don’t Waste ME, Food and Water Watch, Food for Maine’s Future, Global Network, Industrial Wind activists, Maine EarthFirst!, Maine Greens, Maine Peace Action, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, National War Tax Resisters, Occupy groups statewide, Pax Christi Maine, Peace and Justice Center of Eastern Maine, Peninsula Peace and Justice, Pine Tree Youth Organizing, Resources for Organizing and Social Change, Social Workers,  Searsport LPG activists, Stop the East-West Corridor …

Rally of Unity, January 8th, State House!

 

Join Stop the East-West Corridor at the Rally of Unity!

*JANUARY 8             STATE HOUSE              AUGUSTA*

 

Wear your blaze orange! ! !

 

11:30am : Meet-Up in Parking Lot behind the Blaine House

Let’s get fired up! Share info, signs, materials, blaze orange, etc…

 

NOON : Rally between State House and Cross Building

Carry signs and banners, sing songs, do a little skit?  Spokespeople talk to media!

 

1pm : Move into Hall of Flags

More rallying! Talk to legislators, wear black under your orange for a mock oil spill…

 

Needed:

  • A carpool coordinator, and carpool volunteers
  • Media spokespeople
  • Citizen lobbyists
  • to help contact: Chris 357-1443 or chris@defendingwater.net

 

With new information that Cianbro is speaking to Town Managers behind the backs of the public, we are gearing up for the next phase of organizing to stop the corridor!  This rally is an opportunity to come together, in solidarity with over 20 other environmental and social justice groups across the state, to tell our legislators to represent US by protecting our homes, health, and quality of life.  See you there in your BLAZE ORANGE!

 

no corridor, no compromise!

Nestle Peddling tap Water As Spring Water, Suit Claims

By Gavin Broady

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 1:36 PM ET) — Nestle Waters North America Inc. has been selling bottles of municipal tap water and falsely marketing it to consumers as 100 percent natural, spring-sourced water, according to a putative class action removed to Illinois federal court Wednesday.

Plaintiff Chicago Faucet Shoppe Inc. claims that Nestle — which removed the suit to federal court — has falsely represented to consumers that 5-gallon bottles of Ice Mountain water are sourced from springs and contain only naturally occurring minerals, when in fact the bottles are filled with water not from natural springs but from municipal water systems, according to the complaint.

“The Ice Mountain 5-gallon bottles would have cost less and would have been less marketable if there had been a disclosure that the 5-gallon bottles do not contain 100 percent natural spring water but instead contain resold municipal tap water,” the complaint said. “Nestle Waters’ failure to disclose this critical fact caused consumers to purchase 5-gallon jugs that they wouldn’t have otherwise purchased if that fact was known.”

Chicago Faucet is suing on behalf of all persons in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri who purchased the 5-gallon Ice Mountain bottles, claiming unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices under the Illinois Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and seeking actual and punitive damages, an injunction mandating disclosure and restitution.

Chicago Faucet claims that it began purchasing the 5-gallon jugs — which are sold only over the Internet or by phone, typically to offices or homes — for its Chicago office in 2008.

At an unspecified date thereafter, a Chicago Faucet employee called Nestle to order home delivery of the water and, after talking to several Nestle employees, was informed that the water was not 100 percent spring-sourced, according to the complaint.

Chicago Faucet says Nestle charges a premium for such spring-sourced water and that while bottles of water not advertised as spring-sourced — which are typically presumed to be tap water — have remained stagnant, sales of bottled water from spring sources have grown substantially.

Nestle has marketed the alleged benefits of spring water — including enhanced taste, quality and mineral composition — and has claimed that the springs themselves each have unique “taste fingerprints” in an unscrupulous and unethical manner intended to create demand for the product, according to the complaint.

Nestle Waters is the leading bottled water company in the U.S., with estimated 2010 sales exceeding $4 billion, according to the complaint.

This is not the first time Nestle has been hit with allegations over the sourcing of its bottled water. In 2003, a pair of consumers sued the company in a Connecticut class action over claims that its Poland Spring brand bottled water was falsely marketed as sourced from spring water deep in the woods of Maine when it consisted of tap water. That suit was reportedly settled later that year for a $10 million payout in the form of discounts to consumers and charitable contributions.

Representatives for the parties were not immediately for comment Thursday.

Chicago Faucet is represented by the Law Offices of Michael J. Newman and Cohen & Malad LLP.

Nestle is represented by Jeffrey M. Garrod of Orloff Lowenbach Stifelman & Siegel PA and Sarah Wolff and David Smith of Reed Smith LLP.

The case is The Chicago Faucet Shoppe Inc. v. Nestle Waters North America Inc, case number 1:12-cv-08119, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

–Editing by Lindsay Naylor.

source:  http://www.law360.com/articles/385751/nestle-peddling-tap-water-as-spring-sourced-suit-says

Nestle Peddling Tap Water as Spring-Sourced, Suit Says

By Gavin Broady, Portfolio Media, Inc.

Law360, New York (October 11, 2012, 1:36 PM ET) –Nestle Waters North America, Inc., has been selling bottles of municipal tap water and falsely marketing it to consumers as 100 percent natural, spring-sourced water, according to a putative class action removed to Illinois federal court Wednesday.Plaintiff Chicago Faucet Shoppe Inc. claims that Nestle — which removed the suit to federal court — has falsely represented to consumers that 5-gallon bottles of Ice Mountain water are sourced from springs and contain only naturally occurring minerals, when in fact the bottles are filled with water not from natural springs but from municipal water systems, according to the complaint.“The Ice Mountain 5-gallon bottles would have cost less and would have been less marketable if there had been a disclosure that the 5-gallon bottles do not contain 100 percent natural spring water but instead contain resold municipal tap water,” the complaint said. “Nestle Waters’ failure to disclose this critical fact caused consumers to purchase 5-gallon jugs that they wouldn’t have otherwise purchased if that fact was known.”Chicago Faucet is suing on behalf of all persons in Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Missouri who purchased the 5-gallon Ice Mountain bottles, claiming unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices under the Illinois Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act and seeking actual and punitive damages, an injunction mandating disclosure and restitution.Chicago Faucet claims that it began purchasing the 5-gallon jugs — which are sold only over the Internet or by phone, typically to offices or homes — for its Chicago office in 2008.At an unspecified date thereafter, a Chicago Faucet employee called Nestle to order home delivery of the water and, after talking to several Nestle employees, was informed that the water was not 100 percent spring-sourced, according to the complaint.Chicago Faucet says Nestle charges a premium for such spring-sourced water and that while bottles of water not advertised as spring-sourced — which are typically presumed to be tap water — have remained stagnant, sales of bottled water from spring sources have grown substantially.

Nestle has marketed the alleged benefits of spring water — including enhanced taste, quality and mineral composition — and has claimed that the springs themselves each have unique “taste fingerprints” in an unscrupulous and unethical manner intended to create demand for the product, according to the complaint.

Nestle Waters is the leading bottled water company in the U.S., with estimated 2010 sales exceeding $4 billion, according to the complaint.

This is not the first time Nestle has been hit with allegations over the sourcing of its bottled water. In 2003, a pair of consumers sued the company in a Connecticut class action over claims that its Poland Spring brand bottled water was falsely marketed as sourced from spring water deep in the woods of Maine when it consisted of tap water. That suit was reportedly settled later that year for a $10 million payout in the form of discounts to consumers and charitable contributions.

Representatives for the parties were not immediately for comment Thursday.

Chicago Faucet is represented by the Law Offices of Michael J. Newman and Cohen & Malad LLP.

Nestle is represented by Jeffrey M. Garrod of Orloff Lowenbach Stifelman & Siegel PA and Sarah Wolff and David Smith of Reed Smith LLP.

The case is The Chicago Faucet Shoppe Inc. v. Nestle Waters North America Inc, case number  1:12-cv-08119, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

–Editing by Lindsay Naylor.

All Content © 2003-2012, Portfolio Media, Inc.

Fryeburg / Nestlé Action Alert #2: We got an extension, now demand a public hearing!

FRYEBURG/NESTLÉ ACTION ALERT #2:

WE GOT AN EXTENSION!  NOW DEMAND A PUBLIC HEARING!!

Yes, the good news is that the PUC has extended the comment period to Sept.
24th.

Thanks to everyone who took action to let the PUC know that the public has a
right to more time to submit comments on the deal between Fryeburg Water
Company and Nestlé/Poland Spring.

We are pleased that the Public Advocate’s office called for an extension and
give a special shout out to Nisha Swinton with Food and Water Watch who
formally petitioned the PUC for an extension.

Now we have to demand a public hearing to force open the door and let the
light shine on the backroom deal that the Fryeburg Water Company has struck
with Nestlé/Poland Spring.  We know that a public hearing is not a part of the
formal record used to decide the case, but neither are decisions made in a
vacuum.  The PUC Commissioners need to know that there is widespread objection
to this deal.

All three Commissioners have been far too cozy with Nestlé. In our first
alert, we called out PUC Chairman Thomas Welch and Commissioner David Littell
who both previously worked at Pierce, Atwood which has a long history of
representing Nestlé. We should have also mentioned that the third
commissioner, Mark Vannoy, worked as an Associate Vice President in the
infrastructure and civil practice group at Wright Pierce where he had close
associations with Nestlé.

Nestlé has no right to the water for the next 45 years. Fryeburg Water Company
has no right to guaranteed profits from selling the spring water to Nestlé.

As a nun once said to a VP of NWNA when we were invited inside after
protesting outside,  “Nestlé Water North America….who says the water belongs
to you?  It belongs to God.”  Some might say the water belongs to all life.

Water is a fundamental right for people and nature.  Nestlé’s profit should
not come before this fundamental right.

ACT TODAY:

Call PUC Attorney Matthew Kaply (207) 287-1368 who is in charge of this case.
Thank him for the extension and insist on a public hearing.

You can also call or e-mail Karen Geraghty, PUC Administrative Director to
whom formal requests are made.  Again, thank her for the extension and insist
on a public hearing.
Tel: 207-287-3831      e-mail:   karen.geraghty@maine.gov

As before, you can sign in as a registered public user on the PUC website and
post specific comments which will go to the staff and Commissioners.
http://www.maine.gov/mpuc/online/index.shtml   Put in Case No. 2008-00052

The pdf of the filed agreement is at
https://mpuc-cms.maine.gov/CQM.Public.WebUI/MatterManagement/MatterFilingItem.aspx?FilingSeq=72309&CaseNumber=2008-00052

Thanks for all you do!
Ruth and Chris