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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Nestle Gulps Profits amid Drought

Aug 4, 2014

Nestle Waters North America is drawing water for its Arrowhead brand bottled water from a desert aquifer in Morongo Indian Reservation, California. Water is a rare and very crucial resource, particularly in the desert basin. It has a much higher environmental value than the same amount of water somewhere else. But Nestle exploits this precious resource for a quick profit.

The State of California recently issued mandatory water use restrictions because of severe drought in California. The state now imposes substantial penalties for those violating these restrictions. Plundering a rare water resource only for profit during the drought should be an important violation of such restrictions. But, because Nestle is a company, it is not subjected to them.

Like any other company under capitalism, Nestle’s main concern is profits and it is not bothered with social issues like drought and control of precious resources like water, issues that affect everybody. Companies like Nestle are ready to suck everybody dry with the government offering no impediment.