Friday October 12, 2012 | 10:41 AM

The extraction and bottling of water by multinational corporations has become increasing controversial in recent years. Here in Maine the controversy has centered on Poland Spring, a brand owned by Nestle, a Swiss company long dogged by charges of unethical practices.

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Maine chapter of the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch hosts a free screening of "Bottled Life: The Truth About Nestle's Business with Water."

Produced by Swiss journalist Res Gehringer, the documentary film investigates how Nestle turned water into a billion-dollar business. Gehringer's investigation takes him to Maine and around the world, including stops in Nigeria and Pakistan. The result is an unflattering portrait of the company's motivations and tactics.

The film prompted Nestle, which declined to participate in the film, to launch a website at "to answer the allegations made in Bottled Life."

Food & Water Watch is currently working on a Water for the People campaign to "dismantle Nestle's hold on groundwater resources and to declare Maine’s groundwater in the public trust."

The screening takes place at 6 p.m. at Think Tank, 533 Congress St., Portland. For more information or to RSVP for the screening, call 619-5845.

About the Author

Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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