A Tale of Two Cities Research Guide
“Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For” Bloomberg Businessweek
The company’s operation in Michigan reveals how it’s dominated the industry by going into economically depressed areas with lax water laws.
“Nestlé pays $200 a year to bottle water near Flint – where water is undrinkable” The Guardian
While Flint battles a water crisis, just two hours away the beverage giant pumps almost 100,000 times what an average Michigan resident uses into plastic bottles.
“Neoliberalism’s Deadly Experiment” Jacobin
In Michigan, privatization and free-market governance has left 100,000 people without water.
“Michigan’s new water battle: How much of it should Nestle bottle?” The Christian Science Monitor
The company says pumping more groundwater won’t hurt the environment. But public opposition is significant, amplified in part by the Flint crisis. https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2017/0531/Michigan-s-new-water-battle-How-much-of-it-should-Nestle-bottle
“The State of Public Water in the United States” Food & Water Watch (pdf)
Food & Water Watch also conducted a comprehensive survey of the water rates of the 500 largest U.S. community water systems and found that large for-profit privately owned systems charged 59 percent more than large publicly owned systems.
“Events that led to Flint’s water crisis” The New York Times
“In Detroit, Nestle holds private roundtable on future of water” MLive
“Town appeals Nestle water pump plans in west Michigan” The Detroit News
“Flint water crisis criminal prosecutions: Where things stand now” Michigan Radio