Nestles, Inc. Their assault on unsuspecting consumers goes well beyond the ''Conspiracy Theory'' stage.

A partial list of Nestle Brands

These represent only a few of Nestle brands.
These represent only a few of Nestle brands. | Source

Nestle's role in food manufacturers fraud

Lying for profit.

Continued vigilance is needed to protect ourselves from contaminated foods on our grocery shelves that we readily feed our children.

The link provided will take you to Nestle, Inc., Global website.

It is rich with information about their history from its inception in 1866 to 2013.

This article itself is not about the history of Nestles, Inc, but rather about their blatant use of GMO foods in their every day food products that are stocked on our grocers shelves.

While the history of this company is interesting, the real purpose of this article is only to expose one of their products that is frequently advertized on T.V.

It is advertised as a "healthy" product for the elderly - when in fact it may be considered just the opposite.

Not so ''benign" advertising

Deceptive advertising
Deceptive advertising | Source

''Benign'' advertising?

''Pretty'' and "benign" appearing advertisements do sell products to those consumers who do not take the time, or make the effort, to find out what they are actually ingesting.

Nestles actual involvement in producing and using GMO products began in 2005 when they began to move away from being a 'processor' of agricultural commodities and towards becoming a 'producer' of food

['with added benefits' as they described it]

and ultimately becoming a 'provider' of a wide range of products and services in the areas of nutrition, health and wellness, that were (and still are) inundated with their GMO products.

The Turning point

What motivates someone to choose profits over safety?  Sheer Greed
What motivates someone to choose profits over safety? Sheer Greed | Source

Their turning point

2010 was a significant year for Nestles:

They faced their first challenge from Greenpeace who were reassured about Nestles' commitment to sustainable Palm Oil.

It was the first time to see social media being used in a substantial way to challenge Nestles and ask questions about their intentions.

They made no moves to change their position, but they took steps to both strengthen their position on the use of palm oil and to explain it more clearly.

Nestles launched the 'Nestle Cocoa Plan' which would supply 38 million high quality, disease-resistant plantlets to farmers helping them to rejuvenate their farms and increase productivity.

Embarking on their wide use of GMO food products.

The Nescafe Plan was also launched - investing $500 million to address 'responsible' farming, sourcing, and consumption across their coffee supply chain.

Campaign of deception

Everything that happened after 2010 was for the sole purpose of boosting and promoting their self image and to hide from the general public, the fact that they use GMO foods in their products.

Their ''summarizing of self'', that they put out to the public, states nothing about the safety of foods, or concerns about the health, safety, and welfare of the consumers.

Their stated 'business principles' are relevant however, but extremely vague, and not entirely truthful, about what they are doing (using palm oil that leads to deforestation for example) and referring to their "sustainable'' food products that are used in their products.

They may seem vague, and yet they are loudly (by their silence) advocating the use of GMO food products, that are unproven for safe use by humans.

One can only conclude that their popular {baby food products} also include GMO products in their list of ingredients; as does the popular product "BOOST" for the elder population.

(this is the very reason why these huge monopolies, with their multi-billion dollar annual profits, are so vehemently fighting against labeling foods that have GMO products in them.

Boost- the Nutritional Supplement sold to the elder population

GMO propaganda? No one yet knows the truth about the effects of GMO on humans

Boost - the "nutritional" supplement

Nestles' claims that 'BOOST' promotes health, may in fact, do the opposite.

Their ultimate goal is to promote a healthier profit margin at the expense of the good health of the elder population.

The "front label" on the bottles of Boost touts:

A "Complete Nutrutional Drink" that delivers High Quality Protein, 26 Essential Vitamins and Minerals, and an Excellent Source of Calcium and Vitamin D".

The "side label" states:

"Research shows that maintaining adequate protein intake is associated with protecting lean muscle" "Gluten Free" and "Lactose Free".

The "back label" states:

Ingredients: (listed in order of their amounts)

  • water
  • sugar
  • Corn Syrup
  • milk protein concentrate
  • vegetable oil (canola, high oleic sunflower, corn)
  • soy protein isolate,
  • calcium caseinate,
  • sodium caseinate
  • the rest of the 38 trace ingredients all are present in less than 0.5% of the total.

Making the call

You will be surprised at the information you get from making one phone call.
You will be surprised at the information you get from making one phone call. | Source

The phone call

Also on the label is a toll free number that one can call with questions and/or comments regarding their products (1-800-247-7893) or via email: (www.boost.com)

My phone call to this number was as follows:

I introduced myself and asked to speak to the nutritionist, and informed her i wanted to ask a question about the source of some of the ingredients.

She asked me which ones in particular.

Since Corn is #3 (after water and sugar) i asked if GMO corn was used in this product

She immediately became defensive and told me she would tell me the same thing she was told to tell all others who have called to inquire about this same question.

I was quite dismayed about what she said next.

"we are not concerned about using ANY GMO products. It is not illegal and sanctioned by the government.

I asked: "so you are telling me Nestle uses GMO products?"

She replied:

"If we are, we are NOT obliged to tell consumers and are protected from doing so by the government. So Nestles has chosen NOT to reveal the source of any of our ingredients. We have no intentions of changing ingredients as long as they are approved by the government".

I said ''thank you for your frankness. You have answered my question''.

The call was concluded.

The Conclusions

This leads me to the conclusion that they do indeed make their products with GMO foods.

But most importantly the ultimate goal and concerns of Nestles Inc, is their profit factor and not the health, welfare, and safety of their customers.

As always, i advocate reading all labels before purchasing any food products that you feed yourself, your family, and mainly your children.

I also encourage everyone to call the 800 toll free number and let them know you are not happy with their using harmful products in their foods.

Most of us think that our one phone call has no significance, but that is far from the truth.

It is not the individual phone calls that matter, but rather the total number of those "individual" calls that cause businesses to change their policies.

There IS strength in numbers, and we, as consumers, have the right to decide what we want to feed ourselves and our children.

And most of all we have the right to demand openness and the removal of harmful ingredients, or adequate labeling to allow us to make an informed choice whether to ingest them, or not.

Personally i use very few Nestle products as they all contain known harmful ingredients such as hydrogenated oils, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, other corn products, preservatives that are known carcinogens, and more.....

There are many alternative brands that are making a concerted effort to provide us with safer foods in the form of organic, all natural, no preservatives, etc..., for us to choose from, rather than blindly support companies that show little concern about the safety, health and welfare of their customers.

by d.william 08/10/2013

Selling 'free' water = 100% profit

Selling free water?  Disgusting
Selling free water? Disgusting | Source

Free water sold for big profits

The following is an extract from an email from SumOfUs.org :

Nestlé is taking 265 million liters of fresh Canadian water every year to bottle and sell off around the world -- and it does not pay a penny.

At a time when water is in short supply around the world, it is outrageous that Nestlé can draw limitless amounts of our natural resources to sell for a huge profit. Nestlé's chairman says that "extremist" NGOs are responsible for the idea that water is a human right, and that water should have a market price -- all while paying nothing to Canada.

Nestlé gets away with this due to a lack of proper regulation in the province of British Columbia (BC), Canada. With public outcry growing, the government says it’s considering a public consultation on the issue -- but hasn’t committed to any immediate action. Canada promotes itself to the world as a clean, untrammelled wilderness travel destination, and it cares about its reputation.

Nestlé draws water from the same aquifer as thousands of Canadian residents near Hope, BC -- and many of the residents who rely on the water are concerned.

“We have water that’s so clean and so pure, it’s amazing. And then they take it and sell it back to us in plastic bottles,” said one resident.

This freeloading by Nestlé is even more outrageous at a time when many parts of the world are facing extreme water shortage.

This isn’t the first time members of the SumOfUs.org community have spoken out against Nestlé extracting Canadian water with no consideration other than profit.

Earlier this year, more than 140,000 of you spoke out about Nestlé sucking up water from a Canadian watershed during droughts.

Thankfully, the Council of Canadians and Ecojustice won their tribunal ruling against Nestlé and the Ontario government office, and the water company can no longer extract water during drought conditions.

Now we need to speak out to take this victory against Nestlé to BC, too.

Nestle's Global Assault continues

This company has hopped onto the greed wagon without restraint.

It continues to exploit people around the world without any fear of reprisal from the government.

Breaking news:

Headlines from watchdog.net:

NESTLE IS DRAINING PAKISTAN TO SELL US BOTTLED WATER!

Nestlé is draining Pakistan to sell us bottled water? Really?.

Nestlé is draining developing countries to produce its bottled water, destroying countries’ natural resources before forcing its people to buy their own water back.

Now it's in Pakistan.

Groundwater levels are plummeting, families are being driven into poverty, and whole areas are being rendered uninhabitable.

But we've still got time to help before Pakistan's water supply is completely tapped out — and if we show Nestlé its heartless policies are sparking a global backlash, we can stop it from decimating more of our natural resources.

Will you join us in demanding Nestlé stop draining Pakistan dry?

Visit watchdog.net for more details.

Opinion poll on the use of GMO foods

Do you think it is important enough to voice your opinion on GMO foods to the manufacturers?

  • No, i don't mind eating GMO food products
  • Yes, i do not want to eat GMO products or feed them to my family
  • I don't care one way or the other
  • I trust the government's decision on allowing GMO foods to be sold to the public
  • I think GMO foods are better than the natural foods created by God
  • I trust the food manufacturers to do the right thing
  • calling food manufactureres to complain is just a waste of my valuable time
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© 2013 d.william

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Insane Mundane 3 years ago from Earth

One has to look really hard to find foods that do not have added chemicals, hormones, genetically modified crap, etc. Oh, you probably already know this, but they (not Nestles) have been messing around with the notion of creating genetically modified meat the last couple of years. I heard that a group of scientists created the Frankenburger (test-tube burger) not too long ago. Is that sick or what?


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Yes, that is disgusting (the frankenburger). Next they are going to destroy are our potatoes, and are talking about GMO apples of all things.

Those bastards won't rest until they kill off half of the population with their junk foods.

Thank goodness i no longer eat meat. And you are right about having to search for decent foods to eat in the grocery stores, but they are there if you care to take the time to look.

Once i find them, i make a note of the brand so i don't have to go back and do that search all over again. ( seem to be suffering from CRS these days) {can't remember shit}.

And even at that, some new products that have no junk listed when they are first put on the market, are listing the junk after customers get used to buying without reading labels.

The most difficult thing to find are foods that do not have some kind of corn junk in them. Since this government has graciously allowed GMO corn to be sold in the US, i don't eat anything with corn, or corn products, in them. I also have found pet foods that do not have corn products that i have switched my dogs over to.

Thanks for taking time to read and comment.


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ladydeonne 3 years ago from Florence, SC

This article is very informational and useful. The general public needs to do research on GMO products. Boost, a product recommended for the elderly contains as it's main ingredient, water, followed by corn syrup, sugar,milk protein concentrate and vegetable oil. The product is not nutritious. If we the consumers don't buy the GMO products, Nestles and other manufacturers will stop making them. The bottom line for them is MONEY. Great hub! Voted up and useful. Sharing


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for your comments. It is truly disgusting how we are being duped every single day by greedy corporations. When it comes to jeopardizing our health it is time to stand up and protest against this exploitation.


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JimMiles 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

If you eat food, you need the information in this hub/article. Thanks for adding to the growing case against GMO foods.


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William F. Torpey 3 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

Corporations will always put money first -- they are required by law to put profits above all else. What is needed is a nationwide protest to force Congress to change the laws of incorporation (as well as clarifying the U.S. Constitution to make it clear that corporations are not "persons.")

Thanks d.william for raising this important issue. Calling corporations to complain about the use of GMO in products is useful and desirable, but it's not enough. We need to stop their use in every product by every corporation that uses them. I've been trying find a real tomato (without GMO) for 25 years without success. I love (real) tomatoes!


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

JimMiles: thanks for taking the time to read and comment. I think the public is finally beginning to wake up to what food manufacturers are doing to us. There are some great food manufacturers who put public safety above exorbitant net profits, we just have to weed out those who don't.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida

Hey D

We have only ourselves to blame. We keep buying the products from these companies. Just looking at the list of foods shown exemplifies the many foods that we should be sending to a landfill, (Oops, that would pollute the garbage )

Okay, I confess, I have some chocolate chips in my freezer but many of us eat things like frozen meals instead of learning to cook and eating healthy foods.

I will stick to my garden as a source of healthy food.

I wrote about Nestle in http://hubpages.com/food/Canned-Food-Bottled-Water...

Good Hub, voted up

Lee


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

W.F.T.

I agree with you 100%. The problem is that with Corporate America owning the government these changes are not likely to happen any time soon. And add to that, we now have a political party that is also owned by Corporate America. Not to mention names, but it is NOT the Democratic party.

And you are also right about tomatoes. There are very few 'real' tomatoes left in this country. The only time i every get to taste one is when i visit northern New England and buy them from local farmers not yet corrupted by Monsanto and other crooks like them.


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d.william 3 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Chefsref: thanks for your comments. The list of foods i picked were only a small portion of the total brands Nestle owns. I picked the ones that i felt were most popularly known in this area.

Yes, it is true that we can blame ourselves to some degree, for this situation getting as far as it has, but we cannot take the blame for its conception by Corporate America with their policies of feeding their greed to excess, at any expense to the customer.

But the biggest blame falls on our own government for allowing Corporate America to make their own rules and regulations, and their failure to do the jobs they were elected to do - serve the people - not their benefactors.


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chefsref 3 years ago from Citra Florida

Yeah, Americans like to decry Socialism (all while cashing their Social Security checks) but the real problem is that we have embraced Fascism and let business control the government.

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