Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Coca-Cola Wars

Water, water everywhere, but the Israelis get three to five times more of it than their Palestinian neighbours. I can vouch for this inequality which I observed when I was in Jericho. I saw the ancient orange groves dying from lack of water, which was being diverted for intense cash-crop agriculture by armed Israelis beyond the city boundaries. Here's the BBC background coverage of the fight for this most precious resource in the middle east.

One reason I never drink Coca-Cola, aside from the fact it's tooth-rotting, stomach-dissolving carcinogenic muck, and the company has a history of vicious suppression of its workers, is that it takes 2.72 litres of water to make 1 litre of all-American fizzy brown kaka.

Read about how crap Coca-Cola is here. Did you know that Fanta Orange was invented by nazi-owned and run Coca-Cola GMBH, which used slave labour between 1939-45?

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At 1:07 AM, Blogger Indigobusiness quoth...

This is like a contemporary Biblical parable.

Really sums up the comprehensive dilemma.

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Comfort Addict quoth...

Thanks for the provocative post, Deek. I think that, in general, corporations are pretty sociopathic (multinational ones even moreso). The fault lies not only in the people but in the structure and chartering of a corporation. I'm sure that you've seen the movie "The Corporation." Need I say more?

At 11:31 AM, Blogger Benjamin Solah quoth...

This doesn't surprise me, but it does outrage me. We live in a capitalist society where profit goes before human need. So, profits, exploitation, go hand in hand with war and racism.

Thanks for highlighting something I've never come across before.


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