Nestle? No way.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

I've got a bit of a different post for you all today. I think I've mentioned before that I boycott Nestle but I never really went into why and in this post I am.

People all over the world have been boycotting Nestle since the 70s because of the way that they advertise their baby milk formula in developing countries. I would just like to start off by saying that this is not a post slagging off mothers who choose not to breast feed, I myself was raised on formula milk. However the marketing that Nestle use in these parts greatly undermines breast feeding and is very misleading. Nestle are full in their right to sell their formula milk wherever they please but they also have a moral obligation to make sure that it's used in a way that will benefit the children it's designed for. Education isn't exactly great in developing countries so knowledge of the benefits of passive immunity from breast milk isn't common knowledge, I think that if Nestle are going to sell formula milk they also need to make sure women know the benefits of breast feeding as well.

There's nothing wrong with the formula milk itself but it does need to be mixed with water. And the truth is that in a third world country the water isn't likely to be clean enough that you would be comfortable with giving it to any child, never mind a new born baby. Also due to high illiteracy rates and the fact that the packaging is not always in their language, a lot of parents are unable to fully understand the sterilisation instructions that come with the formula. Many people also use less formula than necessary to make the formula last longer and this is very dangerous and will affect the development of the child.


I found out about this during my first year of high school because an RE teacher was very into it and done a lesson on it to every class. I'm actually quite surprised that it's not a lot more well known because it's so important. I think that Nestle are exploiting the poor and the illiterate and that it's very disgusting. It gets me so riled up when profit is put before people, especially children.

It's been several years since I've consumed any Nestle products and honestly I didn't find it very hard to give up. I really expected to miss a lot of the candies(jelly tots!!!!) and chocolates(kit kats!!!) but at the end of the day I'm just not comfortable with giving money to a company that's so exploitive. It can be a real pain in the butt, especially when you have to explain it to people that don't seem to understand or when someone buys you chocolate that you can't eat. But at the end of the day I'm really happy that I'm a part of this movement and I don't regret passing up a single areo.

I'm not trying to force anyone into joining the boycott, I'm just trying to raise awareness for a cause that's very close to my heart. Now that you've read this it's up to you what you decide to do with the information I've shared with you. Lots more can be found on the internet but this is a site that I find particularly helpful. Also a list of Nestle products can be found here.

I would also really appreciate it if you could share this post if you agree with the boycott. Awareness is key!

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