Nestle Just Stole a Town’s Water Supply for 45 Years

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: View of the Nestle Pure Life Water station at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring KitchenAid® culinary demonstrations presented by MasterCard during the Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Pier 94 on October 19, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
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Nestle corporation has secured the rights to purchase all the groundwater in Fryeburg, Maine for the next 45 years. The people of the town lost years of litigation and it has been revealed that politicians, who should be working to serve the people, helped to expedite Nestle’s agenda.

Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court told civilians to pound sand and promptly welcomed the giant corporation to control the town’s most vital natural resource. The original decision was appealed in 2014 by The advocacy organization Food & Water Watch. The advocacy group claimed that three commissioners had ties with Nestle and should have recused themselves. This did not happen and now Nestle controls the very basic vein of life in the town.

“Today’s decision by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court paves the way for a private corporation to profit from a vital public resource for decades to come,” Food & Water Watch’s Nisha Swinton said in a statement.

This is as scammy as it gets. But it also isn’t a unique narrative: big company bribes little politicians to screw people. Sound familiar? This is why exposing dirty politicians is so very important. Water is our human right, not a government privilege.

Many consumers say that Nestle water is “disgusting,” this is likely due to them adding Magnesium Sulfate, something women in labor are given to lower blood pressure. Adding anything to water is really just absurd.


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