There are few companies more sinister, and in our books Nestlé is up there with other corporate giants such as Monsanto, BP, and Philip Morris.
What makes an organization evil isn’t so much its clever marketing, it’s the profit-thirsty minds behind it; Meet Peter Brabeck, former CEO and now Chairman of Nestlé.
Peter gets his water for free, and sells it back to people in every country on the planet at a premium.
Peter also believes water is not a human right, and at around 2:10 in the video above, you can hear it in his own words, and in his own language (with subtitles).
Peter unfortunately does his part to run the largest distributor of food and water the world has ever seen.
The short answer: Lawyers and outdated laws.
By example, in British Columbia and other provinces and states Nestlé does pay, but only about $3.71 per million litres. That means it can turn one tanker load of water which costs Nestlé approximately $10 into $50,000.
Laws in North America from the west to the east loosely relate water sources to land property ownership. In Maine, which is an Absolute Dominion state, allows the owner of a parcel of land to extract as much water as he or is physically able. Back in the day, they used buckets. Today, they use pipelines and trucks, just like they do for oil. The rule was adopted in the late 1800s and reaffirmed in 1999 by the Maine Law Court. The basis for this common law rule is that owners have an unlimited right to resources under their property. This law is echoed in similar verbiage throughout our continent, in Canada and the United States alike, and due to collusion with the company, governments are often powerless.
What’s legal and ethically moral are two different things – Bottled Life
Of course, where there is a shadow, there is light. Concerned citizens from all over the globe are beginning to wake up and take action; We live in an era where if one wants to have a life of meaning, one not look too far for a cause worth fighting.
Canada is leading the charge against Nestlé, and they’ve racked up several wins against the bully recently. Archaic laws surrounding water extraction are being reviewed, but more needs to be done. We need more heads in the game.
Nestlé too, has its army fighting for the hearts and minds of those trying to decide what is right, before the fight gets too loud and others take notice.
The video below comes from Nestlé directly; Using social media intelligence methods (and plenty of marketing doublespeak), they are trying to change the discussion and take the focus off their deception.
We encourage teachers, students, alumni, and all faculty to embrace the use of modern bottle refilling stations in Canadian schools and abroad.
Through education, we can cut Nestle’s prime income source at the root by appealing to the younger generations who Nestlé preys on. If this post got you fired up, please go back to your local school and share the downloadable and editable presentation below.
Although Nestlé is not the focus of School the Bottle, it need not be.
The practical point here is not to make you angry at one company or another, but merely to illuminate the truth; Canada has the worlds largest supply of fresh water and drinking from bottles is not only unnecessary, but ignorant.
Surely there is a way we can make canteens fashionable again.
Thoughts? Please share them in the comments!
Have you ever wondered how your tech savvy (read: nerdy) Canadian friends have access to streaming American television on their laptop, mobile device, or video game console?
If you’ve been thinking about cutting the cord with cable television, this tip is for you.
Most US streaming TV websites are blocked outside of the United States. This means that if you’re in Canada and the TV show you want to watch online is not carried by a Canadian provider, you’re out of luck.
Some websites that only allow US viewers are Hulu, ABC, CBS, and MTV. Although Netflix works quite well in Canada, it boasts a larger television and movie catalogue when streamed from within the geographic USA region.
The key to watching US TV online from Canada is simple; Trick the desired website into thinking you’re located in the United States.
You can do this a number of ways; a VPN, a web proxy, or a US-based DNS. For this article, we’re going to focus on the latter because it’s free, and it’s incredibly easy to setup.
ZenMate allows you to view premium American website content from Canada and abroad for free, by utilizing a US-based DNS.
Growing fruit and vegetables from plant cuttings, scraps, or trimmings is a sustainable way to save money and regular trips to the grocery store. It’s a great way to keep your family healthy, and free of harmful chemicals or GMO food tampering.
As a suggestion, be sure to use a healthy non-GMO plant to start. This way you don’t carry forward any questionable traits or health defects in your own garden.
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Place the white roots in a container with about 1/2 cm – 1 cm of water and place in a sunny window. If you don’t have a sunny area to grow plants, you can find growing lamps here. Once you begin to see some root growth, transplant into a container with soil and keep in a well lit area.
Once again, simply place the roots in a container with about 1/2 cm – 1 cm of water and place in a sunny window. Once you begin to see some new growth, transplant your lemon grass into a container with soil and keep it in a well lit area. Once it reaches about a foot tall, it’s ready for harvest. Trim what you need, and allow the plant to continue to grow.
It will take 4 – 8 months to grow initially, and 3 – 4 months for ever proceeding harvest with a life span of about 4 years.
The process remains the same for these vegetables; However because of the size of the root, you’ll need a bowl of water with your roots trimmed down to an inch or two and the water level covering them by about two-thirds. Keep your plant moist, and in a well lit area.
After 1 – 2 weeks, you’ll notice roots and foliage begin to grow, indicating it’s time to transplant your baby plant into soil in a well lit area. Continue to keep it moist it’s first two weeks, and several weeks later you’ll have a healthy head of foliage ready to be harvested.
If you leave your potatoes in a cupboard like I do, it isn’t long before roots, also known as “eyes” begin to develop. Find yourself a healthy looking specimen with plenty of eyes, and cut it up into 4 – 8 pieces, trying to get at least 2 eyes to each sliced piece. Some say the more eyes on a potato, the larger the crop. After that, allow your potato pieces to dry out for 3 days, so they don’t rot under ground.
When you plant your potato pieces into fertile planting soil, dig a whole around 8 inches deep, and place your piece with its eyes aiming skyward. Only fill the hole back up half way to ensure your plant can breathe. Once you begin to see growth peek out past the soil, go ahead and finish covering in the hole as required. It’s going to take about 4 – 8 months before harvest, provided you have used a quality soil, rich in nutrients.
Cut the root off, leaving some of the onion attached. Please the onion trimming directly into your garden, and cover with soil 1 – 2 cm. Keep it most during the initial 21 day germination period, and 6 – 8 months later they will be ready for harvest.
It only takes one clove to grow a garlic bulb, and just like the onion, garlic requires little hassle to grow your own. Simply place a garlic clove root-down into the soil of your garden, in a well lit area, and keep it moist during germination. Depending on when you planted your garlic, it can take roughly 6 – 9 months until harvest.
Ginger requires less sunlight to grow, and it makes a great house plant. Growing ginger is as simple as putting a piece of it under soil, buds aiming skyward, should there be any. After a few weeks, roots will take hold, and foliage will sprout. If you’ve ever grown aloe, it’s quite similar in the sense that at any time you can cut a piece out and use it, or grow another plant.
If you haven’t grown aloe before, please do! It’s not for eating so much as it is for rubbing on skin abrasions and burns.
(Title image includes work used under Creative Commons attribution license, by the incredibly talented David Lanham)