International Nestle-free week. Support it now.

From the 25-31 October it is International Nestle-free week and I can’t wait to take part.

Ever since I found out about how Nestle market their formula in third world countries, and how they have continued to defy the International Code of Breastmilk Substitutes, I’ve done everything I can to make a difference. I won’t buy their products and nobody in my family touches a single Nestle-branded item.

While we are only three people, the more people who do this, the faster it adds up to a 1000, to hundreds of thousands, to a million. Where do these guys get off ruining people’s lives just for the sake of money? That takes me down the path of rage about how many people let their lust for cash overshadow human decency. I’ve come to hate what money can represent when at its worst.

Here’s a quote from the press release at the Baby Milk Action site:

During International Nestlé-Free Week 2010, Baby Milk Action is calling on the public to email Nestlé over its latest global baby milk marketing strategy. Nestlé is targeting mothers and health workers with the claim its formula ‘protects’ babies even though babies fed on formula are more likely to become sick than breastfed babies and, in conditions of poverty, more likely to die.

Nestlé is accused of undermining the ‘breast is best’ message by claiming its formula is ‘The new “Gold Standard” in infant nutrition’. Nestlé is also accused of refusing to provide important information to parents and carers who use formula. Nestlé has already received thousands of emails, but is so far refusing to drop this marketing campaign.”

This company cares more about its profits than the well-being of babies. It makes me ill. Angry. Sad. How do the people who make these decisions sleep at night?

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