Why Boycott Coca Cola?

If you care about GMO's, Health, The Environment and Human Rights and wish to move towards a fair and just world read on...
 

Water Shortages



Coca Colas exploitation of water resources have seriously hurt communities in India, El Salvador, China, Mexico and Africa


Near the holy city of Varanasi in north eastern India, a local water official blamed a Coke plant for polluting groundwater by releasing waste water into surrounding  land.


They use 309 billion litres of water annually. Only half is used in the actual product the rest is wasted leading to contamination and water shortage. In some areas of India the aquifers and local peoples wells have become dry. Some states of India have now banned Coca Cola processing plants due to the water shortage that occurred.


Indian environmental activist Vandana Shiva has stated that it takes nine litres of clean water to manufacture a litre of Coke, though Coca-Cola says it is only an average of 3.12 litres.



Pesticide use


In 2003, the  Centre of Sciene and Environment (CSE), a non governmental organisation  in  New Delhi said aerated waters produced by soft drinks manufacturers in India, including multinational giants PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, contained toxins including  lindance, DDT, malathion and chlorpyrifos  — pesticides that can contribute to cancer and a breakdown of the immune system. Tested products included Coke, Pepsi, and several other soft drinks ( 7UP, Sprite, Fanta), many produced by The Coca-Cola Company.




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Packaging


Packaging used in Coca-Cola's products has a significant environmental impact but the company strongly opposes attempts to introduce mechanisms such as container deposit legislation. Bottle tops end up in the ocean eaten by sea birds and then fed to their chicks.




Unfair Advertising and Marketing


In the majority world where people are experiencing poverty the intense pressure to buy Coca Cola is overwhelming. Rather than their basic life needs they spend the little money that have saved on a coke.


They advertise in schools, colleges and universities which hooks children in from a young age. Many student unions now are banning Coke after discovering the truth behind their business.




Murder, Rape and Torture




Workers for Coca Cola are not permitted to join unions.


Colombian trade union SINALTRAINAL  (National Union of Food Industry Workers) called for an  international  boycott  of Coca-Cola products because of intimidation, kidnapping and murder of workers in Coca-Cola bottling plants by paramilitaries.


On February 25, 2010, a new lawsuit was launched on behalf of 8 plaintiffs against The Coca-Cola Co. and Coke processing and bottling plants in Guatemala, with charges of murder, rape, and torture of union leaders and their families.


In January 2004, a  New York City-based fact-finding delegation a self-initiated group that included some city officials in a personal capacity, confirmed the workers' allegations. They found:


To date, there have been a total of 179 major human rights violations of Coca-Cola's workers, including 9 murders. Family members of union activists have been abducted and tortured. Union members have been fired for attending union meetings. The company has pressured workers to resign their union membership and contractual rights, and fired workers who refused to do so.


Most troubling to the delegation were the persistent allegations that paramilitary violence against workers was done with the knowledge of and likely under the direction of company managers. The physical access that paramilitaries have had to Coca-Cola bottling plants is impossible without company knowledge and/or tacit approval....


The bottler and The Coca-Cola Company deny these allegations.



Racial Discrimination





Tax Avoidance


In the UK Coca Cola pays 2% of their turnover on taxes. Does that seem fair to you?


In other countries such as Mexico, Vietnam and the Philippines they have been cited for tax evasion and tax avoidance. This continues to cheat cash-strapped countries out of money needed to provide critical public services.




Workers in many countries have told of low salaries for Coca Cola. A driver in India gets £60 per month or £265 for the country manager or £11 for a trainee...per month . According to http://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/Coca-Cola-India-Salaries-E523711.htm

Whilst the CEO in the USA is on £17,784,303.82.....seems fair!!




Health Effects


Coke has been made with high fructose corn syrup instead of sucrose to reduce costs. One of the reasons this has come under criticism is because the corn used to produce corn syrup often comes from genetically altered plants.(GMO's). Some nutritionists also caution against consumption of high fructose corn syrup because of possible links to obesity and diabetes.


The drink has also aroused criticism for its use of caffeine, which can cause physical dependence. A link has been shown between long-term regular cola intake and osteoporosis in older women.




In the zero coke and diet coke sugar is replaced by aspartame. Studies have shown this to be a neuro-toxin and carcinogen. A Coca Cola Ad promoting the health benefits of low sugar drinks was met with this response.


According to the ad, aspartame is a “safe, high-quality alternative to sugar." Clearly they’ve not reviewed the hundreds of studies on this artificial sweetener demonstrating its harmful effects... Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson issued the following statement in response to Coca-Cola’s new ad

  • “Aspartame has been found to cause cancer —leukaemia, lymphoma, and other tumors—and it shouldn’t be in the food supply.

  • We certainly want Coca-Cola to shift its product mix toward lower- and no-calorie drinks, but aspartame’s reputation isn’t worth rehabilitating with this propaganda campaign. The company would be better off phasing out its use of aspartame and accelerating its research into safer, natural sweeteners such as those extracted from the stevia plant.”


Acording to Dr Mercola "Aspartame is, by far the most dangerous substance on the market that is added to foods"

For more see http://aspartame.mercola.com/

Dental Health. Numerous court cases have been filed against the Coca-Cola Company since the 1940s alleging that the acidity of the drink is dangerous.




GMO ( Genetically Modified Organisms)



If there is no problem with GM food why are companies spending so much money to stop it saying so on the label? GM studies so far have shown worrying results. Animals if given a choice will not eat them. Results have shown lower levels of immunity, tumors, infertility problems along with a lot more. Asides from the human health impacts Genetic Modification is a serious concern to the wildlife and pollinators.





In £ that is £1,033,539.00 - No on 37 was the Act to label GMO's on food in the USA




For further information see the links below


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_Coca-Cola

http://www.cokejustice.org

http://killercoke.org



All the More Reason to Give Coke the Boot …

From a health perspective, drinking Coke or any soft drink is a disaster. Just one extra can of soda per day can add as much as 15 pounds to your weight  over the course of a single year, not to mention increase your risk of diabetes by 85 percent.


From my perspective, there is absolutely NO REASON you or your kids should ever drink soda. If you were stranded in the middle of a desert with no other fluid available, then maybe, but other than that … none, nada, zip, zero. No excuses.


Now, when you add in Coca-Cola's alleged crimes against human rights, the environment and social responsibility, it makes it that much more important to boycott from your life. When you make a purchase you're using your money to lend support to the company behind the brand … and if it doesn't match up to your principles, it's time to withdraw your support.


Coca-Cola, of course, is not unique in their shady dealings. It is rare to find a multinational corporation that is operating according to any level of moral or ethical scruples. Still, that doesn't excuse the behavior or make it any less atrocious.


So the next time you're thinking of making a purchase that will further support this corporate giant, you may want to think twice and instead put your money toward an organization that is more in line with your own value system.




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