It’s Boycott Time! For a change it’s not the banks..

Trish Marchant says: In amongst the arguments and sit-ins against the tax dodging corporates there is another group of big business who take advantage in a different way, unethical practices. Many of you will already know about the (alleged) links between Coca-cola and murders of union members in Colombia through Mark Thomas’s excellent book “Belching Out The Devil”. If you haven’t read it then I suggest you get hold of a copy, I would not be able to do it justice except to say it will change how you feel about the phrase “Corporate Social Responsibility”!….

There is, sadly, no shortage of baddies on my list of things I boycott. Another significant entry is, of course, yes you know who I’m talking about (at least I hope you do) NESTLE!

Its a bit of a double edge sword talking about them because some say any publicity is good publicity. But you should at least be aware that the biggest reasons for avoiding them is their marketing approach to baby milk in the third world. In particular they are held up by International Baby Food Action as responsible for more violations of the World Health Assembly marketing requirements for baby foods than any other company. You can find lots of info here but the key concerns are that Nestle are persuading mothers to bottle feed when breast is best and babies are at great risk of sickness and death due to malnutrition and contaminated water supplies. Many UK mid-wives support the boycott for obvious reason. This means no shredded wheat, no nescafe, no Rowntrees fruit pastilles or fruit gums and no smarties to name a few.

Fortunately not eating Nestle products is safe and comes highly recommended.

To find out more about ethical shopping take a look at the Ethical Consumer website here. Ethical Consumer is a not-for-profit research co-operative, totally independent of corporate interests. They have been a driving force behind the ethical consumer movement for the last 20 years. BUT I warn you it will change the way you buy your groceries, once you know who the bad boys are you find that in fact some of your favourite products are owned by Nestle.

To quote Morpheus in The Matrix “..take the blue pill,  you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe, or take the red pill, where you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.


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