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Date:March 2nd, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)

Coca Cola and India, and Britain, and Colombia, and Africa...

Universities Across America are Banning Coca-Cola Products from their Campus': WHY?

(i) Allegation that Coca-Cola India bottling plants in Plachimada[2] in Kerala and Mehdiganj[3] in Uttar Pradesh pass on sludge as fertilizer causing health and environmental damage.

(ii) Allegation that excessive depletion of water table caused by Coca-Cola bottling operations is resulting in drastically reduced availability of water for irrigation purposes which is devastating local communities.[3]

(iii) Allegation that security personnel at Coca-Cola plant at Mehdiganj used excessive force against unarmed citizens protesting the damage caused by the manufacturing unit.[4]

(iv) Allegation that Coca-Cola bottled water and drinks manufactured in New Delhi and Mumbai contained pesticides when tested by reputed NGO Center for Science and Environment.[1]

In November 2000, the Coca Cola Co. paid $192.5 million to settle a highly publicized lawsuit involving about 2,000 African-American employees who alleged race-based disparities in pay and promotions.

the United Kingdom's entire supply of Dasani water (owned by Coke) was pulled off the shelves because it had been contaminated with bromate, a cancer-causing chemical.

Additionally, Coke - one of the largest private employers of the African continent - has been charged with facilitating the spread of the AIDS epidemic by denying health insurance to its workers. Initially, only a small fraction of workers received health-care coverage until widespread protests and condemnations from international organizations forced Coke to agree to broaden their coverage to include a marginally larger number of employees (but not their families). The concession turned out to be just lip service, however, as expanded insurance only partially covered costs of expensive patented drugs and excluded coverage to cheap yet effective generic medications.

In Columbia, Coke stands accused of complicity in the murder, kidnapping and torture of multiple workers and trade unionists which was carried out by paramilitary forces who allegedly worked closely with plant management.

Apparantly it takes seven times as much water to create one bottle of Coke, a process that can't bode well for areas that already lack, and thus need, water.

Indian farmers have come up with what they think is the real thing to keep crops free of bugs. Instead of paying hefty fees to international chemical companies for patented pesticides, they are reportedly spraying their cotton and chilli fields with Coca-Cola.
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