Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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 ww1.nestle-waters.com/BottledLife.html "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.Tweet
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.
Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs. A newcomer to Portland, she is an online content producer for the Press Herald.
Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod [at] pressherald.com.
On Twitter: @susansaxelrod