“One perspective held by various NGOs—which I would call extreme—is that water should be declared a human right… The other view is that water is a grocery product. And just as every other product, it should have a market value.”
– Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, Nestlé’s Former Chief Executive Officer
For you all that may not know, Nestlé’s bottled water is sold in each state within America. That is magnificent, yet this post is not being made to congratulate the billion dollar corporation, but to inform our readers of the tragic mischief behind the World’s Largest Bottled Water company. For the sake of time – and typing – I am going to just indulge into the Ice Mountain bottled water brand alone.
The company sucks its locations dry, including Michigan. Yes, the same Michigan where Flint, Michigan is located. For you all that may not know, there is a water crisis in Flint, but the company has been quoted saying that it “has nothing to do” with the crisis. To help fight it though, Nestlé, the billion dollar company, has partnered with three (3) other companies (Walmart, Pepsi, and Coca-Cola) to donate a whopping 35,000 bottles of water a month to the inflicted families.
So let’s do some math really quick (don’t pull out a calculator, I swear I got you on the adding, subtracting, and any carrying of a 1). Ice Mountain Bottled Water will give 8,750 (35,000 divided by 4) bottles a month for 12 months, which is 105,000 bottles of water a year. The price for that, if we are using the $0.89 price tag I just saw on Target’s website, will be approximately $93,450 a year. Now if the company only has $1Bil in the bank, then it still has $999,906,550 to re-invest. That number insults my intelligence though because the company owns most of the foods we consume: Boost, Butterfinger, Coffee Mate, Cat Chow, DiGiorno, Dog Chow, Gerber, Häagen-Dazs, Jack’s Pizza, Kit-Kat, Lean Cuisine, Nesquick, Nescafé, Poland Spring, Purina, Smarties, Stouffer’s, Toll House, Tombstone, Wonka Taffy, and many others I did not list due to me never eating them. I am no Picasso, but you should see the picture I am trying to paint here: the people over at Nestlé are more than wealthy – they are filthy fucking rich and are killing the less fortunate.
It is not a black, white, purple, or blue person thing, it is a less fortunate thing. I am sure that someone in Michigan has $800 to buy the land, the same price Nestlé paid for it, but the inability to debate and slither through laws is where the average Joe comes up short. This is definitely an attack on the citizens in this country who can not afford to fight for themselves against the inhumanities of greedy-ass corporations — and today, Nestlé is going to be the poster child for all those corporations. The injustice of cashing in on our natural resources is being mopped up due to the amount of money & power the company has and political sponsorships it can produce.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved the permit that will allow Ice Mountain to move from pumping 200 gallons of water per minute to pumping 400 gallons per minute out of the natural wells in Michigan. The organization is quoted saying that “we can’t make our decisions based on popular opinion. We make our decision based on what the statute says we have to look at,” which means that although the pumping is outrageous, it is not against the law. Science have proven that the amount of water taken from the wells/springs will not harm the environment due to the natural replenishment the Great Lakes have.
Now although it is not breaking the law, I consider it inhumane. The individuals are going through a water crisis, but instead of provide the city with the source of natural water, Nestlé bottles it up and sells it to them. The investment of $2.37 the billion dollar company gives to the City of Evart, Michigan, per 1,000 gallons of water they pump, is a disgrace – but not against the law.
To make the long story short, Nestlé, the corporation that owns Ice Mountain, is the world’s largest bottled water company. They say it is sourced and distributed for the Midwest by the Midwest from 3 major water plants: White Pine Springs, Evart Springs, and Sanctuary Springs, in Michigan, but that is a lie (well just fine print). There is a full list on Ice Mountain’s website. The company also gets its water from Pennsylvania, Maine, Colorado, and Tennessee. I have no degree in Map-ology, geography to be exact, but Tennessee is a Southern state, Pennsylvania & Maine are Eastern, and Colorado is Western – not Midwestern. So, not only are the individuals at Ice Mountain promoting false information, but they are getting away with – and getting paid for – turning the world into the Sahara.
The water is not even 100% pure! The U.S. Food & Drug Administration‘s new adjustment changes the filtration laws a little. That is for another story though, but if you want to read more on this issue – feel free to click any of the links below. If you want to correct me on anything or have any concerns, leave a comment below or hit me up on social media.
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