Nestle CEO Says He Would Profit More from CA’s Drought if He Could

Serious droughts don’t seem to matter

By Christina Sarich
July 12, 2015
Natural Society

 

water-bottle-drought-735-350According to Credo, Nestle CEO Tim Brown was asked in a radio interview recently if the company would consider halting their water extraction from a national forest in drought-stricken California. The answer may not be what you’d expect.

Did Brown apologize for the corporation’s contribution to California’s water crisis? Nope. He doubled down and said, “Absolutely not. In fact, if I could increase it, I would.”

Many of the 200,000 activists who signed a petition asking Nestle to stop extracting water from the national forest reserve found out about Nestle’s actions through Natural Society. In all, the sheer amount of protest drummed up quite a bit of negative press for Nestle. The company has still refused to change its ways.

Water privatization, as they’ve made clear, is their goal. Nestle’s former CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe also has a long history of disregarding public health and abusing the environment to take part in the profit of an astounding $35 billion in annual profit from water bottle sales alone. It is clear that this corporation doesn’t think clean drinking water is a human right.

Nestle recently updated their website to address the question – Have you been sourcing water illegally in the San Bernadino National Forest without a proper permit?

“No. We understand that our permit is one of hundreds awaiting renewal by the US Forest Service (USFS). The USFS has repeatedly informed Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) that we can lawfully continue our operations pending the reissuance of our permit and that the provisions of our existing permit are still in force until the effective date of a new permit. NWNA has continued to receive and pay invoices from the USFS for the annual permit fee, as we have since it was first issued. We also continue to report our water use from the spring to the State Water Resources Control Board.”

Never mind that California is going through the worst drought in history, and that other companies have been responsible enough to halt the bottling of water in order to honor the environmental devastation that the state faces.

Also, never mind that Nestle’s permit to extract water expired 27 years ago!

It’s time to halt Nestle’s water privatization plans, especially while utilizing an expired license in a state that is having serious water issues. Nestle is taking water and then selling it back to a drought-stricken population. It has to stop.

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12 thoughts on “Nestle CEO Says He Would Profit More from CA’s Drought if He Could

  1. sojourner

    “Let them eat cake, no, wait, let them drink dirt!”

    Yes, water is no longer a right, it is no longer guaranteed, so air/oxygen will be next. Of course, it’s harder to regulate air/oxygen, so they’ll just destroy the air/oxygen and keep the good stuff for their lungs. And if we want some of the good stuff, we’ll have to come up with the cash, and then walk around with an oxygen tank all day!

    I’m suffocating now from this polluted air, so screw it!

    There’s another prophetic movie out where the people are allotted so much time to live, which shows up on their forearms, and when the time is up, if they can’t beg, borrow or steal more, they die.

    Are you as tired and burned out as I am today? I would venture a guess that your are!

    I looked to see if you were posting, and if you weren’t, I was going to take the day off, or at least try to!

    Like many movies these days, this is really not a movie, this is a dream of the elites!

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      1. sojourner

        I cannot get the asthma under control. I have gone five months like this at points, and I’m getting to old to be able to go that long. Sorry, don’t mean to whine, but I am exhausted and still congested.

        Yes, let’s take the rest of the day off. I hope you feel better and get some rest!

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  2. sojourner

    “It’s time to halt Nestle’s water privatization plans, especially while utilizing an expired license in a state that is having serious water issues. Nestle is taking water and then selling it back to a drought-stricken population. It has to stop.”

    This is a meaningless statement, unless the writer is talking about tearing down this entire corporate elite run system of government. If this is the case, then stopping Nestle’s simply means ending Nestle’s, and I do mean ending, as in tearing down, destroying, obliterating.

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