from -ethics/case-the-ford-pinto/Nestlé: The Baby Formula ScandalBeginning in 1977 in the United States, a boycott was launched against Nestlé Corporation. It rapidly spread to Europe in the 1980s. What spurred the boycott was the recognition that Nestlé– best known for its chocolate–was very busy pursuing an aggressive marketing campaign to sell baby formula to people in the world’s less developed countries; in effect, the marketing campaign aimed at devaluing breast milk in favor of a substitute, a synthetic formula.As voiced by groups like the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) and Save the Children, the artificial formula was being marketed to impoverished women who had little or no access to clean water, a common situation in less developed countries. Because many of the women were barely literate, they were unable to understand the necessary procedures for preparing the formula. Even if they were literate, they had no access to fuels needed for simple precautions like boiling water. Women were being persuaded to forego the many natural virtues ofbreast-feeding in favor of a synthetic formula often prepared with polluted water.A mother’s milk provides fundamental nutrients as well as antibodies and vital hormones. As a result, babies are protected, at least to some extent, from gastroenteritis, bacterial meningitis, ear infections, and respiratory infections, while also ingesting essential nutrients that support healthy development of the brain and nervous system.By contrast, according to UNICEF, in regions characterized by unhygienic, disease-ridden conditions—patterns that are common in poor countries—formula-fed children are between 6 and 25 times more likely to die of diarrhea and 4 times more likely to die of pneumonia.Why would a respected company like Nestlé want to market a product that harms babies? We cansuppose that there are a number of factors involved. For example, giant corporations are typically comprised of a rather large number of departments. The people in the chocolate products divisions may be totally unaware of the division devoted to marketing baby formula. But that’s not really any kind of excuse for corporate malfeasance, if only because the whole story shouldbe known to stockholders. The Nestlé boycott has been intermittently rescinded—and resumed—andrescinded as the company’s business practices have been monitored by IBFAN and others. Reference: Muller, M. (2013, February 13). Nestlé Baby Milk Scandal Has Grown Up but Not Gone Away. Retrieved April 12, 2016, from - business/nestle-baby-milk-scandal-food-industry-standards The Bhopal Tragedy At the Union Carbide plant located in Bhopal, India, during the night of December 2-3, 1984, a storage tank containing methyl isocyanate (MIC) began leaking. MIC is lethal. As an estimated 27 tons of MIC spread over the approximately one million residents of Bhopal, a siren sounded briefly, but was cut off when it was decided that the alarm would cause a panic. In any case, most
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