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posted 23 January 2005 03:56 PM      Profile for blahyaddamumble        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Polaris Institute salutes massive community protest of Coke and Pepsi plants in India

Communities in India are showing tremendous courage and leadership as they directly challenge– Coca-Cola and Pepsi with a human chain of peaceful protest and resistance at nearly 90 company plants throughout the country. These companies have been responsible for massive water takings, pollution and selling their products which contain unacceptable levels of pesticides

From Plachimada, Kerala and Mehdiganj, Uttar Pradesh to national government buildings –opposition to these corporate abuses is growing.

The resistance is being heard around the world as communities in North, Central and South America and Europe join in solidarity with communities in India.

Tony Clarke, Director of the Polaris Institute has just returned from India where he participated in solidarity events challenging these corporate water takings.

The soda giants are quickly moving into new markets with new products – particularly bottled water. Over the past decade, sales in bottled water have exploded. Bottled water sales are now the fastest growing segment of the entire beverage industry.

Four big companies --- Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle and Danone dominate the bottled water industry.

Bottled water sales are now the fastest growing segment of the entire beverage industry. Bottled water appears to be the “fool’s gold” of the beverage industry, with consumers paying up to 10,000 times more for it than tap water. Coca-Cola and Pepsi products actually originate from municipal tap water systems.

Clarke presented the activists in India who are part of a global movement challenging these companies with a new book written and published by the Polaris Institute.

Inside the Bottle: An Exposé of the bottled Water Industry provides a disturbing portrayal of how the Big 4 companies, Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Danone and Nestlé are gouging citizens, damaging the environment and producing a product that is not as pure, healthy and safe as these corporations promote. The book also depicts the locations of nearly 70 bottled water plants in North America.

Inside the Bottle examines key issues of public concern about these corporation including how they;

pay little or next to nothing for the water they take from rural springs or public water systems;
turn ‘water’ into ‘water’ through elaborate treatment processes; produce a product that is not necessarily safer than, nor as regulated as, tap water; package it in plastic bottles made of toxic chemicals that are environmentally destructive; market it to an unsuspecting public as ‘pure, healthy, safe drinking water.’ sell it at prices that are hundreds and even thousands of times more costly than ordinary tap water.

This book also identifies what people can do in their communities to:

stimulate public awareness and debate about these issues.

challenge and resist the more exploitive practices of the big-4 bottled water companies.

promote the rebuilding of public tap water systems and services.

develop alternative models of bottled water production that are locally controlled and ecologically sustainable.

To view a preview of the book check out

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posted 23 January 2005 04:00 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Very interesting. My first thought was that this was thread was connected to the Killer Coke campaign. Now I see how much wider the problems with this corporation may be.

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posted 24 January 2005 01:48 PM      Profile for arborman     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Coca Cola has been one of the easier things for me to boycott, since I don't like it (or most other soda pop, with the occasional exception of root beer).

Do I still get to feel like I'm changing the world through inaction if I wouldn't have done it anyway? I do frequently wear black.

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posted 24 January 2005 05:33 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That reminds me of a time I encountered strikers outside a McDonalds in the 18th arrondissement in Paris - in a district where there were many little "ethnic" restaurants where one could eat actual food for the same price or less. The strikers were passing out a leaflet asking people to boycott the McDo. I of course told them with a wink that I couldn't possibly do that. One of the strikers laughed and said he wouldn't eat that crap either.
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