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"Is Aspartame the Silent Poisoner of the 21st Century?" by Anna Robb, Union Safety, March 6, 2017
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Anna Robb

"For over 30 years one of the world's most controversial food additives has been implicated in causing severe health problems across the globe in a cumulative and silent manner akin to that of tobacco and smoking.

"In the same way as the tobacco industry knew of the health implications of smoking some 30 odd years before being forced to admit it, there are many across the world who believe the scientific evidence that aspartame is poisonous to human health has been known by the creators of the substance for many decades.

"Whilst the institutions that are supposed to protect our health, the Food Standards Agency in the UK and the European Food Standards Agency are compromised by vested interests and pressure from the food industry, scientific and independent studies on the effects of Aspartame (E951, Nutrasweet by other names) on human health are analysed in a bias and non-scientific manner in order to arrive at a pre-determined conclusion; according to many scientists working in the food safety arena.

"Anna Robb is a young woman who had an outstanding career and a bright future ahead of her as she excelled in her education in the sciences and mathematics at school, until severe health problems put an end to that."

"Exposed: Coca Cola's big 'fight back' against tackling plastic waste" by Maeve McClenaghan, Ecologist, February 2, 2017
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"A Greenpeace investigation has exposed the massive efforts of global food and drink giant Coca Cola to defeat popular proposals to require deposits on single-use plastic bottles, writes Maeve McClenaghan. In fact, deposit schemes are working fine in many countries in which the company operates — it's a simple case of corporate profit before environment, oceans and wildlife.,,

"Many of those bottles that are not recycled can end up littering our local environment, blowing into ditches, rivers and streams, and ultimately disfiguring our beaches and polluting the seas, with devastating impacts on marine wildlife.

"Coca-Cola has been lobbying against plans for a new bottle collection scheme in Scotland designed to reduce plastic waste, according to an Energydesk investigation.

"A leaked internal document from the firm reveals the company prioritised a 'fight back' against EU moves to introduce deposit return schemes (DRS).

"The schemes are designed to encourage consumers to return their drinks bottles by adding a small refundable charge at sale.

"The DRS system has been shown to raise collection rates in Germany, Sweden and Denmark and is now being considered by other countries including Scotland.

"Document reveals Coca-Cola opposes bottle return scheme
"The beverage giant focuses a 'risk matrix' against a bottle deposit scheme currently being considered by the Scottish Government"
By James Matthews, Sky News, January 26, 2017

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"Sky News has seen an internal document that exposes the extent of Coca-Cola's opposition to the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme in the UK.

"The company report, written in March 2016, contains a 'risk matrix' which targets EU deposit systems as a subject for 'fightback'.

"It reflects Coca-Cola's assertive stance against the introduction of a DRS scheme, which is under consideration by the Scottish Government.

"Such schemes have worked effectively in a number of European countries. A cost is added to the price of a drink, but the customer can reclaim a deposit upon returning the container to a shop or collection point.

"Coca-Cola Hit With 'Tobacco-Style' Lawsuit. Who Else Is at Risk?" by Rich Duprey, Madison.com, Jan 26, 2017
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"Put down that soda! According to a lawsuit filed against Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO), the carbonated drink is just as dangerous to your health as a cigarette. Well, maybe not quite, but the soda giant and the American Beverage Association (ABA) are being sued by consumer activists who say their actions are just as bad as what the tobacco giants did, and they should be similarly punished.

"While the implications for Coca-Cola and the rest of the soda industry are obviously huge should the lawsuit be successful, that risk would actually multiply exponentially because of what it would mean for the rest of the food and beverage industry. Triumphant trial lawyers likely would not just stop at soda, but would also attack other beverages they deemed unhealthy — energy drinks, anyone? — as well as processed food manufacturers, candy, ice cream, and snack makers."

"Tamil Nadu traders not to sell Coca Cola, Pepsi from March 1: Reports
"According to data collected by Nielsen, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo control approximately 80 per cent of the soft drink market in India"
The Indian Express, January 25, 2017

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"Seeking to push Indian brands, a section of Tamil Nadu trader organisations have reportedly asked their members to stop selling popular soft drinks and mineral water made by multinational companies from March 1 including Coca Cola and Pepsi products. According to a report in The Hindu newspaper, Tamil Nadu Vanigar Sangangalin Peramaipu President AM Vikramaraja was of the opinion that the trade associations will spend the entire month of February in educating the traders regarding the "evils" of these foreign brands. "They cause more harm than good to the body. Only recently, one of the brands had admitted to the fact that it was not suitable for children and that it contained certain harmful chemicals," Vikramaraja said in an interview to The Hindu."

"Coca-Cola plot to kill off bottle deposits: Leaked documents reveal evidence of 'fight back' against plans to help protect its profits" by Sean Poulter, Daily Mail, January 25, 2017
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"Coca-Cola is trying to kill off the introduction of a deposit and refund scheme on plastic bottles to protect its profits, it was claimed last night.

"Leaked documents reveal evidence of what it calls a 'fight back' against the proposal to boost recycling in Britain — even though the firm complies with such schemes in other countries...

"Yesterday, Greenpeace accused Coca-Cola of hypocrisy over the lobbying campaign, given that only last week it joined other firms to sign a pledge to tackle plastic waste."

"Coca-Cola and ABA sued over misleading science" by by Marion Nestle, Food Politics, January 5, 2017
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"The Center for Science in the Public Interest sent out a press release yesterday to announce a lawsuit filed on behalf of the nonprofit Praxis Project.

"The complaint says Coca-Cola and its trade association, the American Beverage Association (ABA), mislead the public when they trash the science linking sugary drinks to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and the like.

"It cites the August 2015 account in the New York Times of Coca-Cola's funding of the Global Energy Balance Network, which aimed to shift attention from poor diets as a cause of obesity to lack of physical exercise. Coca-Cola spent $120 million on research from 2010 to 2015 that could cast doubt on evidence linking health risks to sugary drinks."

"I used to work at Coca-Cola — sugary drinks should come with death warnings
"Companies know sugary drinks are cash cows, and refuse to take responsibility for the problems they create"
By Chris Hemmings, International Business Times, November 23, 2016

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"In the UK, nearly one in five children are obese by the time they reach secondary school, while another one in five are overweight. There are also tens of thousands of people under 19 with diabetes, of which obesity is the biggest risk factor...

"In an attempt to address the sugar tsunami washing over the nation, the Government announced a tax on sugary drinks in March...

"These companies simply can't accept they are in the wrong. They don't feel they should be punished for 'offering customers a choice' — a mantra I heard over and over again during my time working for Coca-Cola. Whilst they profess to promote 'sugar-free alternatives' or give money towards sport funds (both of which are true), the reality of their working practices is far different.

"At no point during my three years with Coca-Cola was I ever told to sell fewer bottles of full-sugar Coke, Fanta or Sprite — they were our 'core brands'. On our sales scorecard, full-sugar Fanta scored us far more points than Fanta Zero — they just don't see the less-unhealthy alternatives as being interchangeable."

"HC restrains Pepsi, Coca-Cola from using Tamirabarani water
"The petitioner contended that drawing of water for the bottling plants of these companies deprived farmers of their livelihood, who were unable to take up farming activities."
ETRetail.com (An initiative of The Economic Times), November 23, 2016

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"Madurai: The Madras High Court today restrained leading soft drink manufacturers Pepsi and Coca-Cola from using water drawn from the Tamirabarani river for their bottling plants in Tirunelveli district...

"The petitioner contended that drawing of water for the bottling plants of these companies deprived farmers of their livelihood, who were unable to take up farming activities."

"Dental experts slam Coca Cola truck amid fears over kids' teeth" by Jack Pitts, South Wales Evening Post, November 22, 2016
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"SWANSEA Bay dental health leaders have taken a pop at the Coca Cola Christmas truck over concerns of its harmful effect on youngsters' teeth,

"Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board nurses have joined up with health visitors to take on the marketing might of the drinks selling giant in a bid to stop a new generation getting hooked on fizzy drinks...

"But it's not just young children who have problems with their teeth. The Children's Dental Health Survey shows two-thirds of 15-year-olds in Wales have some level of tooth decay, with 14 per cent having five or more teeth affected."

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Berlin, Germany: Ray Rogers of KillerCoke.org Berates Coca-Cola at Ethecon Foundation Event 11/19/16

The Ethecon Foundation is spotlighting its 2016 Black Planet Award to The Coca-Cola Company at its annual event being held in Berlin on Saturday, November 19, 2016 by inviting Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Director Ray Rogers from New York City to make a statement to the hundreds of social activists in attendance.

The International Ethecon Black Planet Award denounces companies, their executives and dominant shareholders responsible for shocking behavior that is destroying social well-being and the environment thus risking a "Black planet."

Comments made by Ray Rogers, Director, Campaign to Stop Killer Coke

Thank you Ethecon for inviting me to participate in this year's Black Planet Award presentation to Killer Coke: The Drink That Represses!

I wholeheartedly applaud Ethecon's decision to award its 2016 Black Planet Award to The Coca-Cola Company, its top executives and largest shareholder Warren Buffett. Coca-Cola is deserving of many such awards because of the harm the company and its bottlers worldwide continue to inflict on people and the planet.

Coca-Cola operates like a criminal syndicate, above the law and with impunity. Its executives lie about, try to cover-up and avoid responsibility for the company's well-documented human rights abuses including years of complicity in the systematic intimidation, kidnapping, torture and murder of union leaders and members of their families in Colombia and Guatemala.

Coca-Cola has repeatedly lied claiming that the United Nations International Labor Organization (ILO) had agreed to do an independent investigation into charges that Coca-Cola in Colombia collaborates with paramilitary death squads to thwart union organizing and destroy the union SINALTRAINAL that organizes Coca-Cola workers. Coke then embellished the lie claiming that the ILO had exonerated Coca-Cola. The ILO admitted that it had never agreed to do such an investigation and, in fact, is not qualified to do so.

On August 30, 2016, Colombia Reports based in Medellin, Colombia reported: "Coca-Cola is one of more than 50 companies that will be charged with financing the now-defunct Colombian paramilitary AUC group, a designated terrorist organization. Several courts will reportedly forward evidence of the involvement of the companies in financing the AUC..."

Subcontracted workers which make up most of Coke's workforce in Colombia are fired by Coca-Cola whenever they try to join SINALTRAINAL. In the 2010 documentary, "The Coca-Cola Case," produced by the National Film Board of Canada, there is a scene in which two subcontracted Coca-Cola workers in Colombia, wearing Coca-Cola uniforms and standing in front of a Coca-Cola truck, are asked, "Are you unionized?" They respond, "No, you can't join the union or you'll be fired." Then they were asked, "How much did you make today?" They responded, "$15 dollars for 15 hours!" These working conditions continue in Colombia.

Coca-Cola's unconscionable exploitation of children continues unabated. Through repeated lies and bogus "independent investigations" similar to its phony "ILO investigation," the company is now trying to hide its decades of profiteering from the exploitation of illegal child labor in the dangerous harvesting of sugar cane for its sugar processors.

Another scam that has very serious implications worldwide is Coca-Cola's repeated lie that it won't market sugar laden sodas to children. Coca-Cola continues to aggressively market these unhealthy beverages to kids worldwide that health experts have shown fuel the childhood obesity, hypertension, dental caries and diabetes epidemics. Coca-Cola's executives and board members have no shame when it comes to raking in profits.

Coke is also guilty of theft and toxic pollution of scarce water resources particularly in places in India, Mexico, El Salvador and African countries that leave populations of people with no water for irrigation, drinking and sanitation. Coke's years of claiming water neutrality has proven to be nothing but a public relations scam! Aggressive campaigns against Coca-Cola in India have forced the closing of several of its plants in the states of Kerala, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and prevented others from opening in Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.

I want to emphasize that the World of Coca-Cola is a world full of lies, deception, immorality, corruption and widespread labor, human rights and environmental abuses. When consumers see Coca-Cola machines, cans, bottles, ads and displays, they should think of a company that has inflicted great hardship and despair upon many people and communities throughout the world and made millions of kids very unhealthy and sick.

Killer Coke is the drink that represses. Consumers everywhere concerned with protecting human rights, children and the environment should consider the Coca-Cola brand as Unthinkable and Undrinkable.

"GM Debates Coca-Cola Boycott & Pension Fund Strategy" by Alison Rose Levy, Linewaiters' Gazette, November 10, 2016

The October 25 GM [of the Park Slope Food Coop, Brooklyn, NY] featured extended discussions regarding whether to continue the boycott of Coca-Cola products and whether to change course with the Coop's pension fund investments.

COCA-COLA BOYCOTT RENEWED

Lew Friedman proposed to Coop members that the Coop again pass a boycott of Coca-Cola products as it has done for the last 11 to 12 years.

Receiving Coordinator Ross Gibson, however, raised the concern that as Coca-Cola acquires more natural and organic brands, the boycott would restrict members' choices.

Nancy Romer urged continuing the boycott "because we have a principled position on worker's rights, the murders of unionists, the stealing of global water." She said that "Coca-Cola is a rogue
player in the world economy."

A member of the Chair Committee asked what the Coop does to keep track of new brands acquired by Coca-Cola.

Susan Metz said that she knows of a place in Mexico where the local water supply was bought by the Coca-Cola Company. She said the local community as a result had no water and was forced to purchase and drink Coca-Cola products instead.

Kristi asked, "What are parameters for deciding what to boycott? Where do we draw the line?"

GC Joe Holtz reported that the Coop staff monitors trade journals to learn of ownership changes. "We draw the line when members draw the line. It gets debated. Standards are set by people here."

Another member told the meeting that, "if murder is not enough, we have to look at what corporations are doing to our country. If you care about your democracy, we are at a critical point. We are losing control of our food, our water resources. If we are not all safe, no one is safe. If they have the power to injure others, they will have the power to injure us."

More than 75 percent of those present voted by a show of hands for the boycott to continue.

Article from the Linewaiters' Gazette

"Coca-Cola's secret plan to monitor Sydney University academic Lisa Bero" by Marcus Strom, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 22, 2016
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"Coca-Cola has been exposed having a secret plan to monitor research at Sydney University that examines how private companies influence public health outcomes in areas such as obesity.

"In a leaked internal email, a paid consultant to Coca-Cola South Pacific writes that a 'key action' for the global soft-drinks manufacturer is to 'monitor research project outcomes through CPC [Charles Perkins Centre] linked to Lisa Bero's projects'...

"Regarding the private email concerning Professor Bero's work, Coca-Cola told Fairfax it 'sees no reason to believe the email is not real'. The report covered a talk in January given by visiting US nutritionist Marion Nestle, who is a vocal opponent of Coca-Cola's influence on health research...

"When tobacco industry documents were released in the US they revealed that my work was monitored and reported on to the tobacco companies as early as 1993,' she said."

Professor Lisa Bero has been targeted for "monitoring" by Coca-Cola for her research on nutrition and bias. Photo: University of Sydney

How trendy water from Coke 'is no better than tap': Production process that adds minerals to Glaceau Smart Water 'has no benefit' by Victoria Allen, Daily Mail, October 18, 2016
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"Despite the big name backing and the apparently scientific claims, however, Glaceau has now been denounced by experts as no better than tap water...

"'The term smartwater implies it is either intelligent to drink it or it makes you more intelligent, although that it is not an explicit claim made by Coca-Cola. But there is no indication it is wiser to drink this water.'

"Glaceau's US advertising states that Glaceau is as pure as the 'first drop of rain', but she added: 'Using the term pure suggests it is going to be better for you, but the way this water has been processed is no better or worse for you than regular tap water.'"

"Hacked emails show how Coca-Cola fights the soda tax at local and global levels" by Emma Courth, MarketWatch, October 18, 2016
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"Leaked internal Coca-Cola KO, +0.89% emails released by anonymous hacker website D.C. Leaks show the company's apparent effort to fight local soda tax proposals and shape media coverage on the issue...

"How aggressively companies work to thwart public health measures, especially those intended to decrease purchases of sugary beverages, especially as a substitute for other ways to hydrate, should surprise no one, especially in the case of these specific companies, experts say...

"'What I think nobody understands is the level of manipulation the companies that make these products engage in, and that's why I think these [Coca-Cola] revelations are so important,' said Marion Nestle, a New York University professor and author of 'Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning).'

"Topics discussed in the leaked emails, including lobbying efforts and attempts to manipulate dietary guidelines and the news media, 'aren't usually talked about in public,' Nestle said. 'But they're certainly talked about in private.' "

"Hacked Emails Show Coca-Cola Aims To Influence Hillary Clinton And The Media" by Nancy Fink Huehnergarth, Forbes, October 17, 2016
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"Good reporting revealed that Coca-Cola funds researchers, health organizations, nutrition professionals and community groups in an effort to blame obesity on a lack of physical activity, rather than diet. Hacked emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign staff, posted recently on DCLeaks, reveal that Coke works hard to influence politicians, journalists and bloggers, as well...

"Public health advocates will have their work cut out for them when it comes to soda taxes, if Mrs. Clinton wins the election...

"Bloggers and journalists are a critical barrier between corporate spin and the public. The Coca-Cola emails remind us that reporter-corporation relationships must never be more than purely professional and we must always remain on guard."

"Portugal to levy sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017; Government expects measure, which would increase price of 330ml can of Coke by 5.5c, to raise €80m for public health"
The Guardian, Agence France-Presse, October 14, 2016

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"Portugal's Socialist government will introduce a sugar tax on soft drinks in 2017 which is expected to raise €80m (£72m) for the public health service, a budget bill presented on Friday showed.

"The announcement comes just three days after the World Health Organization urged countries to start taxing sugary drinks, pointing to evidence that price rises can dramatically reduce consumption."

"Here Are All 96 Public Health Organizations Paid By Coca-Cola And Pepsi: Like the tobacco and alcohol industries before, the sugar industry is using its deep pockets to influence policy--and prominent groups are listening"
By Charlie Sorrel, Fast Company, October 13, 2016

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"W.H.O. Urges Tax on Sugary Drinks to Fight Obesity" by Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times, October. 11, 2016
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"The World Health Organization on Tuesday urged countries to impose a tax on sugary drinks to battle the growing obesity epidemic and presented new data on the beneficial health effects of such a tax.

"A tax on sugary beverages raising their price 20 percent would result in a proportionate reduction in their consumption, the agency said. That would advance the fight against obesity, which has more than doubled since 1980. About half a billion adults were obese in 2014, roughly 11 percent of men and 15 percent of women."

A worker carrying soda in Mexico. When the country adopted a tax on sugary drinks in 2013,
it prompted a substantial drop in consumption. Credit Yuri Cortez/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

"California May Label Aspartame as Carcinogenic" bY STEPHEN FOX, LA Progressive, October, 9, 2016
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"Time is running out on the chance to fix something terribly wrong with America: the neurotoxic and carcinogenic artificial sweetener aspartame, whose FDA approval was forced by Donald Rumsfeld in 1981 in one of the most crooked deals in the history of the FDA.

"We have a chance to get this poison labeled under California’s Proposition 65 as carcinogenic."

"The report contains not only the list of sponsored organizations, but also details of legislation that has been lobbied against on behalf of Coke and Pepsi. It shows just how pervasive these soda companies are in their efforts to protect their industry. Importantly, the authors excluded any health campaigns run or created by Coke of Pepsi.

"Corporate sponsorship matters, because it is believed to affect the actions of the organizations receiving the money. "Health and medical organizations would naturally be expected to promote policies that reduce soda consumption," write the authors. "However, it has been documented that a number of health organizations have retreated from this responsibility by withdrawing from public debate on policies to reduce soda consumption, opposing soda legislation, or actually collaborating with soda companies to produce joint educational materials."

"It is also a risk that sponsored organizations might feel obliged to give their sponsors spots at health conferences, allowing them to speak and influence the discussion. Corporate sponsorship from the tobacco and alcohol industries has been studied, by Siegel and others, and now that spotlight is being turned on sugar peddlers."

More on this issue, the original report, from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

"Coca-Cola is paying dietitians to tweet scare-stories about soda taxes" by Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing, October 8, 2016
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"When registered dietitians like Roseanne Rust, Sylvia Klinger, Carol Berg Sloane tweet about proposed taxes on sugary drinks and claim that these will be used to impose 'stealth tax' on other food, promoting the anti-soda-tax group Cart Choice (funded by Coke) they're reflecting the deeply held views of the Coca-Cola company and its industry body, the American Beverage Association — and amazingly enough, they all take money from Coke or the ABA.

"Coke has a longstanding practice of paying dietitians to tout the benefits of drinking high-sugar beverages (a practice that independent scientists universally consider to be unhealthy), but the dietitians tweeting on Coke's behalf now are being especially lax about their financial ties to the company — while some disclose that they are making 'sponsored' tweets, they don't say who's sponsoring them."

"New Study Discovers Harmful Toxins in Pet Bottles of 5 Different Soft Drink Brands" by Alexa Erickson, Collective Evolution, October 8, 2016
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"The All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health (AIIH&PH), based in Kolkata, recently commissioned a study that discovered five toxins in the PET soda bottles of five major brands, delivering a major blow to soda drinkers around the world.

"The heavy metals, which were found in two multinational companies' cold drinks (Pepsico and Coca-Cola), include: Antimony, Lead, Chromium, Cadmium, Compound DEHP or Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate.

"India's Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) instructed the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Heath (AIIH&PH) to perform the study, leading to the discovering of antimony, cadmium, DEHP, and chromium in Pepsi, Coca Cola, Sprite, Mountain Dew, and 7UP. Coca Cola owns Sprite, while PepsiCo owns Mountain Dew and 7UP. The sweet beverages were all packaged in polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, bottles, the toxins from which researchers found also leached into the drinks in warmer temperatures."

"Hillary Clinton's Coke Problem" by Chuck Ross, The Daily Caller, October 7, 2016
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"When Hillary Clinton expressed her support back in April for a hefty soda tax proposed by Philadelphia's mayor, Coca-Cola felt betrayed, and they let the Clinton campaign know it.

"'Really??? After all we've done?' was one Coca-Cola bigwig's response to Capricia Marshall, a longtime Clinton crony and major campaign fundraiser whose hacked emails were released on Thursday by the website DC Leaks.

"But that initial bout of anger gave way to coordination between the world's largest beverage manufacture and the Clinton campaign. Other emails released in the leak show that Coca-Cola executives developed an action plan to help ensure that the soda tax proposal 'would not be pushed further' by Clinton.

"The emails provide a rare look into a major company's interactions with a political campaign. They also raise numerous questions about whether Coca-Cola's lucrative financial relationship with Clinton and Marshall helped the company convince the campaign to back off the candidate's support for the soda tax."

"Dairy near Rotorua pledges to stop stocking Coca-Cola products" by Will Hine, ONE News Reporter (New Zealand), September 22, 2016
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"The Okere Falls Store, near Rotorua, has put up a sign for customers, which it has also posted online, saying 'If you like fizzy drinks we want to leave a better taste in your mouth. From mid-October we will no longer be stocking Coca-Cola products'.

"The sign informs customers that plastic bottles take centuries to decompose and are poisoning the environment.

"It also says fizzy drinks should be 'as good for you as much as a fizzy drink can be' and should not be loaded with preservatives or certain ingredients."

"Marketing to Make you Sick: Coca Cola in Argentina's Schools and Hospitals" by Soledad Barruti, The Argentina Independent, September 22,2016
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"The latest report on non-communicable diseases by the Health Ministry (published in February 2016) places obesity among one of the most serious problems faced by the country, which has the regional record for obese children under the age of five. It argues that weight gain is associated with the intake of ultra-processed food and the consumption of sweetened beverages...

"The biggest company is, of course, Coca Cola, which in broad daylight passes freely through hospitals, wanders through medical offices, and tries to convince doctors not only that the company is not behind the problem, but that it is also practically the remedy."

"Censor Board Refuses to Clear 'Political' Film about Coca Cola" by the Wire Staff, The Wire, September 18, 2016
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A documentary about farmers' protests against bottling plants owned by Coca Cola subsidiaries has been denied certification on the grounds of 'political motive'.

New Delhi: The Central Board of Film Certification has refused to pass a documentary about farmers' opposition to Coca Cola bottling plants, claiming that "the film more than education, is misleading and political motive [sic]. Hence the film is not passed in its present form." The decision raises old questions about whether it is the role of the CBFC to evaluate the political validity of films placed before it.

Charlie and the Coca Cola Company is focused on two plants in Mehdiganj, north-eastern Uttar Pradesh. In 2004, farmers protested against the over-extraction of groundwater there, at close to zero cost, and its effects on the area's water table.

"Exclusive: Baba Ramdev and RSS lobbying govt to tax Coca-Cola, PepsiCo heavily" by Shantanu Guha Ray, First Politics, September 17, 2016
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New Delhi: Swadeshi warriors yoga guru Baba Ramdev and the all-powerful Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) are putting pressure on the finance and health ministries to impose a heavy tax on beverage companies selling products of high sugar content, according to highly placed sources. The move could prove detrimental to the Indian operations of PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, two of the world's beverage giants.

The sources said Ramdev and the RSS are lobbying hard to introduce the tax in the forthcoming budget to be presented in January 2017.

"Man files suit against Coca-Cola
"Former employee says he was racially, sexually and religiously harassed while at the company
By Lynn LaRowe, Texarkana Gazette, September 12, 2016

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A former employee of the Coca-Cola Company on New Boston Road in Texarkana, Texas, claims he was subjected to racial, sexual and religious harassment by fellow employees, in a lawsuit filed in federal court last week.

Christopher Armstrong filed suit in the Texarkana Division of the Eastern District of Texas with the help of Dallas lawyer Christing Neill. The complaint alleges Armstrong was repeatedly subjected to slurs by co-workers who were members of his work crew. The suit specifically identifies five men who allegedly verbally harassed Armstrong during 2014 and 2015.

"Coca-Cola, acusada de financiar el terrorismo en Colombia" by Santiago Mayor, 5 Sept. 2016, RT
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ASESINATO DE LÍDERES SINDICALES

Durante los años 90 y principios del 2000, al menos nueve dirigentes sindicales de las plantas embotelladores de Coca-Cola en Colombia fueron asesinados por fuerzas paramilitares. Según consta en una denuncia internacional hecha por los propios trabajadores, la empresa fue cómplice de estos crímenes.

"La hostilidad de la transnacional de bebidas se inició en mayo de 1992, cuando el Gerente de Coca-Cola, José Gabriel Castro, acusó públicamente a los trabajadores y al sindicato de ser agentes de la guerrilla", recordó 'El Ciudadano'. En 1994 fue asesinado el sindicalista José Manco David en la planta de Carepa, dando inicio a una seguidilla de muertes.

Ya en 1996 un comando del grupo paramilitar Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC) llegó directamente a la planta y asesinó a Isidro Segundo Gil, quien encabezaba un reclamo contra la empresa. Al día siguiente, las AUC regresaron a la planta, destruyeron las instalaciones del sindicato y acamparon durante dos meses de manera intimidatoria en la puerta. Coca-Cola nunca denunció su presencia a las autoridades, en cambio utilizó la situación para despedir a otros dirigentes y rebajar el salario de los trabajadores.

Las Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC)

"Coca Cola facing terrorism support charges in Colombia" By Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports, August 30, 2016
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"Multinational beverage producer Coca Cola is one of more than 50 companies that will be charged with financing the now-defunct Colombian paramilitary AUC group, a designated terrorist organization.

"Several courts will reportedly forward evidence of the involvement of the companies in financing the AUC, which killed many dozens of labor rights defenders during its existence between 1997 and 2006, to a transitional justice tribunal."

"Coca-Cola's Second Largest Plant Shuts Production in India Plant Flouts Environmental Laws, Operating Without Licenses"

For Immediate Release August 18, 2016

New Delhi: Coca-Cola's second largest bottling plant in India has shut production due to pollution violations, the India Resource Center can confirm after a visit to the plant yesterday.

The closure of the Coca-Cola bottling plant located in Dasna in Hapur district in Uttar Pradesh, just 60 kilometers from New Delhi, was first reported by The Economic Times on August 11, 2016.

The bottling plant in Hapur has been under scrutiny by the National Green Tribunal — India's Green Court— since 2015, and a number of inspections by government regulators have found the plant to be flouting environmental laws in India, and also operating without valid licenses, or No Objection Certificate (NOC).

Egregious Pollution

Coca-Cola has had ample time to rectify the pollution violations, and the company has had prior notice before inspections. Yet, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India's top environmental regulatory agency, and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), the state's primary environmental regulatory agency have continued to find serious pollution violations by the Coca-Cola company, including:

  • Operating without a valid license, or No Objection Certificate, both in 2015 and currently in 2016
  • Of the two Effluent Treatment Plants at the plant (one for medium and the other for high strength organic wastewater), the ETP for the high strength organic wastewater was not working and in "defunct" state
  • Discharging wastewater into a pond located 1.5 kilometers from the plant which has been found to be faulty in design
  • Encouraging farmers to use the water from the pond for irrigation, even as pond water tested found "it is not complying the general standards in respect to TSS, COD, BOD and Coliforms." Fecal Coliform, an indicator of raw sewage, was found to exceed the standard by 3,400 times in the pond water!
  • The boilers and the diesel generator sets in the plant were violating air pollution laws
  • The plant has two Sewage Treatment Plants and both were "non-operational and in the junk state"

The shocking findings led the CPCB to recommend in December 2015 that the bottling plant's juice production line cease operations because the high strength organic waste was not being treated properly. CPCB also recommended that alternative arrangements for safe drinking water be made for residents in the area, applying the polluter pays principle if necessary, since the groundwater has been contaminated with sewage from the untreated effluents.

Hazardous Pollution Continues, In Spite of Warnings

In the most recent report submitted to the National Green Tribunal last month (July 2016), and also seen by the India Resource Center, regulators continued to find problems with Coca-Cola's pollution management practices

Some of the problems noted in the latest report including sludge "NOT handled in a scientific and manner", "sludge drying beds and storage of sludge are not as per norms", and "maintenance of the pond is not proper and location of the inlet and outlet are at the same corner, resulting in immediate discharge and overflow of the effluents, and a number of other continued violations."

Coca-Cola's plant is Hapur is categorized as a highly polluting unit that generates hazardous waste. The latest report also sounded alarm regarding Coca-Cola's handling of hazardous waste, stating that the room for storage "is not designed in a scientific manner." The report notes that all the drums meant to store hazardous waste were in "rusted condition" and "even the bottoms of some of these drums have been detached due to corrosion."

The report by CPCB goes on to state that, "it was established that this storage is constructed only for eye-wash purposes", noting that Coca-Cola could not even provide documents to prove that the hazardous waste generated are sent to an authorized hazardous waste treatment facility, as is required by law.

Coca-Cola — Habitual Polluter in India

CPCB's troubling findings are not surprising— Coca-Cola is a habitual violator of pollution norms in India.

The same plant in Dasna was also found to be violating pollution norms by a Wall Street Journal investigation in 2005, and Coca-Cola officials admitted wrongdoing to the reporter.

In 2003, CPCB found high levels of heavy metals — lead, cadmium, chromium — in most of the waste tested from Coca-Cola bottling plants, including this plant in Dasna which was found to have excessive levels of cadmium and chromium in its sludge.

Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Plachimada in Kerala was shut down by government regulators in 2005 for heavy metal pollution.

The same year, BBC's Radio 4 tested sludge from Coca-Cola's plant in Plachimada which was being distributed to farmers as fertilizer, and found it to contain excessive levels of cadmium and lead. In 2007, a team including the India Resource Center visited a Coca-Cola franchisee pIant in Ballia in Uttar Pradesh and found illegal dumping of waste across the premises. In 2008, the CPCB also tested waste from Coca-Cola plants at different locations to understand the constant source of heavy metals in Coca-Cola waste, and linked it to the ink used in the logos painted on the bottles.

"The arrogance and incompetence of this company is beyond belief", said Amit Srivastava of the international campaigning group, India Resource Center. "The company has been given enough notices to clean up its act but it still refuses to do so in India, and operates without the necessary licenses. The plant should be closed permanently, and the government must move to force Coca-Cola to compensate the community in the area who will bear the brunt of Coca-Cola's pollution for years to come, as well as workers in the plant who will lose their jobs through no fault of their own."

For more information, visit www.IndiaResource.org

Contact: Amit Srivastava +91 98103 46161 (India)

"CDC Executive Resigns After Being Caught Colluding With Coca-Cola to Salvage Soda Market" by Dr. Mercola, July 12, 2016
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"I've often written about the collusion between industry and our regulatory agencies, and how industry-funded research tends to simply support and promote the industry agenda rather than shed truthful light on the benefits or risks of any given product.

"Recent media reports have now revealed devastating evidence showing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) executive aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits...

"It's the ultimate betrayal of trust.

"Story at-a-glance:

  • "Email evidence shows a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) executive aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax sugar limits
  • "Last year, WHO announced soda is a key contributor to child obesity, suggesting restrictions on sugary beverages
  • "Two days after Barbara Bowman, Ph.D., director of the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), was exposed for offering guidance to leading Coca-Cola advocate, Bowman resigned from her post

"Aspartame Is Linked To Leukemia And Lymphoma In Landmark Study On Humans," Daily Health Post, July 8, 2016
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DO NOT drink or eat anything with the artificial sweetener, aspartame. In the past we've posted articles linking aspartame with stroke. Here's a new study linking aspartame with leukemia and lymphoma.

And:

"Oh, and by the way: regular soda is just as bad as diet.

"High-fructose corn syrup (the primary sweetener in most non-diet sodas) causes cancer, heart disease, obesity, and dementia, too."

The article goes on to recommend:

"If you need a sweet drink, try fruit-infused water and mixing honey or maple syrup with water or club soda (real club soda that contains only water and bicarbonate of soda). If it's the push of caffeine you want, drink coffee, black tea, matcha, or yerba maté. But by all means, kick the killer soda habit."

"Soda Tax Passes in Philadelphia. Advocates Ask: Who's Next?" by Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times, June 17, 2016
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It was passed as a revenue measure, not a health measure, but it will have positive health results. It was mentioned that sugary beverages have received a bad reputation over the past years.

"...Though city officials didn't talk much about the health consequences of soda, experts said that sugary drinks' increasingly bad reputation made it an appropriate political target."

"Sugary drinks like Lucozade and Coca-Cola must be named and shamed to protect children" by Miriam Stoppard, Mirror, June 13, 2016
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"...Liverpool City Council is naming and shaming heavily sugared drinks, such as Lucozade and Coca-Cola, to warn parents about the dangers they pose.

"Public health officials in the city hope their tough tactics will drive down sales of products with 'astounding' amounts of sugar which they blame for giving the city one of the UK's highest rates of ­childhood obesity and tooth decay."

"Coca-Cola faces case under SC/ST Act in Kerala" by PTI, The Economic Times, June 12, 2016
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"PALAKKAD: Kerala Police has registered a case against multi-national soft-drink major Coca-Cola for allegedly exploiting and polluting groundwater sources of the backward Scheduled Caste community at Plachimada here."

"Will Philly's Soda Tax Make Coca-Cola the Next Philip Morris?
"Smoking bans started at the state and local level, too — then spread across the country."
BY Holly Otterbein, Philadelphia, June 9, 2016

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"In 1973, Arizona became the first state in America to restrict smoking in some public places. Four years later, Berkeley, Calif., became the first city in the nation to limit smoking in restaurants and other public places. Soon thereafter, the state of California, San Francisco and New York City enacted their own smoking bans. Fast-forward to today: Thirty states and 812 municipalities have smoke-free laws on the books.

"A few decades from now, will we look back and remember Philadelphia as the city that paved the way for governments across the country to tax soda, much like Arizona and Berkeley did for smoking bans?

"That's what some sugary drinks tax advocates predict, and they make a pretty convincing case."

"Buffett made five mistakes in laughing off the Coca-Cola question" by Michael Skapinker, Financial Times, May 4, 2016
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"Many shareholders had queries about Coca-Cola, which is 9.3 per cent owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Andrew Ross Sorkin, the author, asked the questions on their behalf. Mr Buffett was opposed to investing in cigarettes, even though they were addictive and profitable because of 'societal attitudes'. Yet a Tufts University study had concluded that sugared drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths a year. Mr Sorkin said: 'Please explain directly why we Berkshire Hathaway shareholders should be proud to own Coke...'

"In March, George Osborne, the UK chancellor, announced a tax on these drinks, saying: 'I am not prepared to ... say to my children's generation: "I'm sorry. We knew there was a problem with sugary drinks. We knew it caused disease. But we ducked the difficult decisions and we did nothing."

"There are sceptics who do not take these Coke activities seriously, seeing them as a cover for the continued sale of highly profitable and health-damaging drinks. Mr Buffett's jocular response to his shareholders did little to rebut this view."

"Coca-Cola items: Warren Buffett's gaffe. Share a Coke and a Song." by Marion Nestle, Food Politics, May 2016
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He [Warren Buffett] also said he drank 700 calories worth of Coca-Cola each day (translation: 44 teaspoons of sugars). As Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest put it, this much sugar is not in the interest of anyone's health.

Maybe the Wizard of Omaha can maintain good health while consuming more than three times the added sugars recommended by the nation's leading health officials, but it's a sure-fire prescription for increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity and tooth decay for the rest of his fellow citizens...the American Heart Association whose scientific panels have reviewed the evidence as well call for an even more conservative daily limit of added sugars: six teaspoons for women and nine for men.

Ray Rogers Questions Coca-Cola Chair/CEO Muhtar Kent on Coca-Cola Child Labor Crisis

Ray Rogers Questions Coca-Cola Chair/CEO Muhtar Kent on Coca-Cola Child Labor Crisis

April 27, 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareowners

Mr. Kent,

Congratulations. Holding the annual meeting at the World of Coca-Cola and Coca-Cola Shareowners Day is a brilliant idea. I'm also pleased that the company acted positively on the Proxy Access Director Resolution I introduced on behalf of Harrington Investments last year.

Now, please answer the following questions:

Are there any videos, photos or displays in the World of Coca-Cola showing the unhappiness, misery and hopelessness on the faces of thousands of children involved in the dangerous harvesting of sugar cane for Coke's sugar processors? I would expect the answer is no.

Doesn't exploiting hazardous child labor for profit, and continuing to aggressively market soda to children, make a mockery of the company's Codes of Responsible Business Conduct? I would say yes.

Last year, you refused to answer a simple yes or no question, so I'll ask it again:

Will Coca-Cola agree to pay its sugar processors and suppliers enough money so they can pay fair wages to poverty-stricken sugar cane harvesters, and Will Coca-Cola assure the rights for sugar cane harvesters to form and join labor unions so they can negotiate fair wages and working conditions?

If you answer yes, you will make it possible for the children to be in schools, libraries and playgrounds rather than laboring in scorched plantation fields and the part of the world with a conscience, including myself, will applaud you.

I must also ask: How many meetings have taken place between Coca-Cola and the American Federation of Teachers regarding the Coca-Cola labor crisis? and How and to what extent have these meetings led to improving the lives of the workers and children harvesting sugar cane?

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Follow-up letter to Brent Wilton, Director, Global Workplace Rights, The Coca-Cola Co.:

Hi Brent,

Glad we had a chance to speak at the annual meeting. As with Ed Potter, I'm always open for discussion to help resolve matters that the Campaign highlights at the annual meetings and on our website.

The questions that I raised at the meeting that you said you would respond to in more detail were:

"How many meetings have taken place in the past year between Coca-Cola and the American Federation of Teachers regarding the Coca-Cola child labor crisis?" and "How, and to what extent, have those meetings led to improving the lives of the workers and children harvesting sugar cane?"

Brent, you have a very friendly persona like Ed and I'm sure we can continue to communicate in a way that may help to resolve some burning issues.

Cheers,

Ray

 

"Greenpeace protesters arrested after scaling iconic Coca-Cola sign in Sydney's Kings Cross," 9News, March 23, 2016
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"Seven Greenpeace Australia protesters have been arrested after they scaled the iconic Coca-Cola sign in Sydney's King Cross this morning.

"The protesters attempted to hang a large banner reading 'Stop Coke Trashing Australia' from the sign at around 8am.

"Greenpeace Australia said today's action was in an effort to urge NSW Premier Mike Baird to stand up to the soft drink giant by adopting a better recycling scheme for drink bottles and cans."

"What Does Coca-Cola Do to a Flower?" by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, Diet Doctor, March 22, 2016
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"What happens if you only drink Coca-Cola instead of water? The result may not be quite as quick as for the flower, but the end result, decades later, may not be that much better for humans.

"Obesity and tooth decay is just the beginning. Diabetes may come next, followed by heart disease, Alzheimer's and possibly cancer."

"Coca-Cola and Pepsi are depending on 'the marketing trick of the century' to save business" by Kate Taylor, Business Insider, Feb. 13, 2016
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"'Bottled water is the marketing trick of the century,' writes John Jewell in The Week ...

"However, while bottled water can cost 2,000 times as much as tap water, the beverage yields surprisingly low profit margins for companies. So these beverage giants are not only investing in simple bottled tap water — the most straightforward marketing trick in existence — but also new, pricier takes on the classic H2O...

"Bottled water is a $13 billion business that, logically, doesn't need to exist.”

"Coca-Cola lavishes £8.9mn on scientists who advise health policy," RT UK News, December 18, 2015
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"Coca-Cola has spent £8.9 million over the past five years funding top British scientists carrying out research on healthy-eating.

"An investigation by the Times found the soft drinks giant has funded or given 'professional fees' to several prominent scientists and researchers, some of whom have cast doubt on the widely acknowledged link between sugary drinks and obesity.

"As part of this, some 27 British scientists received £350,000 (US$520,000) from the multinational corporation.

"Coca-Cola disclosed data on its website on Friday morning showing that eight scientists who advise the government on healthy eating also received fees or travel expenses from the company. Not all of the researchers denied sugary drinks are linked to obesity."

"'Paris Plages' refuses partnership with Coca-Cola," France 24, December 16, 2015
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"The Paris city council on Tuesday rejected a financial partnership with Coca-Cola to help fund its summertime Paris Plages (Paris Beaches) event during which sand beaches are set up along the River Seine in the French capital.

"The decision, which denies giving Coca-Cola a virtual monopoly on beverage distribution at the event for up to three years, came after four days of debate that pitted an alliance among the Green Party, Communists, Left Front and Les Republicains (formerly the UMP) against the ruling Socialist Party, which called the decision "irresponsible".

"'Coca-Cola's image, already tainted in 2001 by a €192 million racial discrimination case against African-Americans, is not compatible with the values Paris defends,' said Jerome Gleizes, regional councilman for the Green Party, who called the partnership 'unacceptable and incomprehensible'."

"Journalists Fail to Reveal Sources Funded by Coca-Cola: A Short Report" By Gary Ruskin, Organic Consumers Association, December 14, 2015
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"During the investigation and subsequent collapse of the Coca-Cola front group Global Energy Balance Network, The New York Times and Associated Press discovered that prominent university professors working on obesity issues had been funded by The Coca-Cola Company.

"This is not just a public health scandal. It is a journalistic one as well.

"Journalists have quoted two of these professors at least 30 times in news articles, after the professors had received their Coca-Cola funding, but without mentioning that funding in their articles. Many of the news outlets that published these articles are influential, such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, The Atlantic Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek and National Public Radio.

"It is a conflict of interest for professors working on obesity issues to accept funding from Coca-Cola. There is now substantial medical evidence that soda and the soda industry — and especially Coca-Cola and PepsiCo — are in part responsible for our nation's obesity epidemic, and increase the incidence of diabetes and heart disease.

"If a professor takes money from one of these soda companies, that is crucial context for their views on obesity, and journalists disserve their readers by failing to report it. Readers need to know who pays sources to evaluate the legitimacy and biases of these sources."

"Coca Cola May Quit India Over Sin Tax," The Economic Times, December 11, 2015
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"NEW DELHI: The Indian subsidiary of Coca-Cola Co said on Friday it may have to close some bottling plants if the government pushes through a proposal that would subject fizzy drinks to a 40 per cent 'sin' tax, as part of a broader fiscal overhaul.

"The beverage maker, which operates 57 factories and bottling plants across India, said a proposal to group sugary sodas with higher-taxed luxury cars and tobacco would hurt demand for its drinks.

" 'It will lead to a sharp decline in consumer purchase,' Coca-Cola India said in a statement. 'In these circumstances, we will have no option but to consider shutting down certain factories...'

"Several countries are debating so-called 'sugar taxes' to tackle obesity and encourage healthier lifestyles. While more than a fifth of India's population lives below the official poverty line, the country is home to the third-highest population of obese people after the United States and China, according to medical journal The Lancet."

"Coca-Cola workers call for company to abide by court decisions" By Adolfo Lujan, DEMOTIX, December 12, 2015
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"The Coca-Cola workers are calling on the multinational US corporation to comply with the Spanish court judgments against them, reinstating their jobs, and reopening the factory in Fuenlabrada."

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"Coca-Cola pulls Mexican ad after accusations of racism" By Ker Blakinger, New York Daily News, December 7, 2015
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"Coca-Cola is facing heavy criticism after airing an ad that some have deemed racist.

"Still available on YouTube, the now-pulled advert features a gaggle of white hipsters bringing Coke to an indigenous village in Mexico.

"The visitors help the locals build a weird Christmas tree out of wood and plastic red Coke bottle caps as they share their smug, first-world joy with the villagers...

" 'I consider this type of advertising an act of discrimination and racist, and it also promotes the breakdown of the social fabric by trying to impose a consumer culture a culture of consumption and outside communities,' indigenous advocate and lawyer Elvira Pablo told Aser Litigio."

"Coke's Chief Scientist, Who Orchestrated Obesity Research, Is Leaving" by Anahad O'Connor, November 24, 2015, The New York Times
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"Coca-Cola's top scientist is stepping down after revelations that the beverage giant initiated a strategy of funding scientific research that played down the role of Coke products in the spread of obesity...

"Michael F. Jacobson, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy group, said it was concerning to see 'how a major corporation is using a professor to propagate their views.'

"Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and the author of 'Soda Politics,' said that when food and beverage companies pay for research, they do so to aid marketing efforts and to 'silence critics.'

"Dr. Nestle added, 'The Global Energy Balance Network has been a public relations disaster for Coca-Cola."

"YouTube Kids App Faces New Complaints Over Ads for Junk Food" By Cecilia Kangnovm November 24, 2015, The New York Times
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"Visit YouTube Kids and typically it will not be long before promotions for junk food appear. The advertisements regularly show up in the form of funny contests and animated stories.

"In complaints filed to federal officials on Tuesday, two prominent consumer advocacy groups argued that those ads were deceptive, particularly for children. The two complaints, made to the Federal Trade Commission, expand on the groups' filings to the agency in April and could increase pressure on federal officials to intervene in the fast-growing online video market.

"The groups, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for Digital Democracy, argue in the complaints that online video aimed at children is too commercialized and is not held to the same standards that apply to cable and broadcast television. The complaints call for an investigation of food marketers, video programmers and Google, which owns YouTube, as well as for a broad examination of advertising of such food to children online...

"The groups expand on their April complaints by asking the F.T.C. to examine the advertising practices of food companies, and by citing new evidence of junk food ads on the app. In the new complaint, the groups argue that more than a dozen food companies have fallen short of their own promises to abstain from marketing junk food to children on YouTube Kids. The groups say that brands like Burger King, Coca-Cola, ConAgra Foods and American Licorice have commercials on the app for products including potato chips and chocolate bars."

"University Returns $1 Million Grant to Coca-Cola" by Anahad O'Connor, The New York Times, November 6, 2015
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"The University of Colorado School of Medicine announced Friday that it was returning a $1 million gift from Coca-Cola after it was revealed that the money had been used to establish an advocacy group that played down the link between soft drinks and obesity...

"Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University, called the network 'a front group' for Coca-Cola intended to promote the message that obesity is primarily caused by a lack of exercise, not by overconsumption of junk food...

"In August, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group, circulated a letter signed by 37 scientists and public health authorities accusing the Global Energy Balance Network of 'peddling scientific nonsense.'" In an interview Friday, Michael F. Jacobson, the group's executive director, praised the University of Colorado for returning the money.

"'Even though the university probably returned the money out of embarrassment, it's smart that they did it,' said Dr. Jacobson. 'I hope this sets an example for other recipients of Coke money.'"

"Yes, Soda Taxes Seem to Cut Soda Drinking" by Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times, Oct. 13, 2015
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"... In 2013, Mexico passed a tax right out of the public health literature. And now the theoretical debate is becoming more real. Preliminary data from the Mexican government and public health researchers in the United States finds that the tax prompted a substantial increase in prices and a resulting drop in the sales of drinks sweetened with sugar, particularly among the country's poorest consumers. The long-term effects of the policy remain uncertain, but the tax is being heralded by advocates, who say it could translate to the United States...

"There are essentially three steps to figuring out whether the tax will have an impact on public health.

"Does the tax raise the price of soda...?

"Do increases in the price of soda actually reduce purchases?..

"Did rates of obesity or diabetes fall...?"

A delivery of beverages in a neighborhood in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
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"U.S. Doctors Associations Cancel Collaborations With Coca-Cola After Protests" by Pratap Chatterjee, CorpWatch Blog, October 1, 2015
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"Three major U.S. medical associations — the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology - have bowed to pressure from activist doctors to stop acceipting corporate donations from Coca-Cols. The campaigners say Coke exerted undue influence over the medical groups...

"The backlash from members of the medical associations picked up steam last year. Dr. Arnold Matlin, a retired pediatrician from Rochester took up the issue with the New York chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. 'You may be surprised to learn that AAP has accepted sponsorship from Coca-Cola Corporation for the HealthyChildren website,' Matlin wrote on the Physicians Against Unhealthy Corporate Influence Facebook page last February.

" 'I have introduced a resolution (#108) to terminate this sponsorship. I hope you'll take the time to give a positive response to my resolution, and say a few words about why our Academy shouldn't allow a major manufacturer of sugar-sweetened beverages to sponsor the HealthyChildren.org website.' Matlin won his petition and then took the fight to the AAP's Annual Leadership Forum this past March.

"Others took the fight to the American Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting in Washington DC last October. 'We never want money and power to have a louder voice than science, and we reject sponsorship from corporations who profit from making our patients sick,' wrote Dr. Richard Bruno and Kevin Burns of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who belong to Physicians Against Unhealthy Corporate Influence, on the website of the Union of Concerned Scientists...

"In the last few months each of the three medical associations quietly ended their collaboration with Coca Cola."

"Re-check Of Water Samples Prove Cancer Causing Chemicals" by Hafsa Sabry, The Sunday Leader, October 6, 2015
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"It has been more than a month since the Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka (CCBSL) contaminated the Kelani River water with 4-methylimidazole, a chemical that causes cancer. It was reported at the beginning that the water was contaminated by only diesel following a leakage of a fuel pipe line of the factory, but an Indian laboratory Report claimed the availability of 4-methylimidazole which is a highly dangerous chemical in the source of drinking water...

"However, the question also rose against the factory in question as to why the CCBSL that was accused of contaminating the Kelani River water with a high risk level of chemical, did not give a straight answer while they respond through an advertisement company that helps to promote their business.

" 'Even if their company has been highlighted in the media many a times about their irresponsibility and about the violation of Environmental law they did not respond to the allegations directly,' claimed the environmentalists."

"How Coca-Cola has tricked everyone into drinking so much of it" by Roberto A. Ferdman, The Washington Post, October 5, 2015
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"You may think you have come to like soda all on your own. But that desire is the product of decades worth of focused and often troubling efforts on behalf of the soda industry.

"This is, in so many words, one of the takeaways from a new book about how the industry has paid, lobbied, and hypnotized its way into the hearts of people around the world. The book, called Soda Politics, is written by esteemed New York University professor and long time food industry activist Marion Nestle. And it will leave a sour taste in anyone's mouth.

"Over the past 60-plus years, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have invested unfathomable amounts of money to ensure that people crave their core products. And that investment has often come in forms far more devious than most would imagine, Nestle argues. Sure, the soda industry has paid for its fair share of television commercials, bulletin board ads, and marketing campaigns. But it has also worked (i.e. paid) to block unfavorable legislation, influence policy, maintain its popularity among poor people, young people, and minorities, undermining public health."

"The Shady Politics of Big Soda" by Johnny Adamic, The Daily Beast, October 4, 2015
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"Over the span of the last century — particularly from the 1950s into the first 10 years of the new millennium — soda will go down in the history books as a driving force in the obesity epidemic. We demonize fat, but sugar is probably the bigger threat. I'd go so far as to coin this period 'the years of liquid sugar' — aka, when big soda won.

But in 2015, liquid sugar may have met its match. A new culture of health is booming, and has been for the past few years. It's one where powerhouse health advocates, entire cities (Berkeley, San Francisco, New York City), and the media finally understand the effects liquid sugar plagues on the body and brain.

More importantly, we understand the arsenal — marketing, lobbying, and philanthropy that big soda companies have used to cast a spell on society, enchanting the masses to consume what once was a special occasion 8-ounce bottle of soda pop, into a daily addiction...

" '[Soda companies] are scrambling to figure out what to do,' says Marion Nestle, a professor in the department of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University, whose new book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) [came] out October 5.

"Nevertheless, the big players in the game — Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, backed by the American Beverage Association and the sugar industry — are doing everything they can, like shifting blame for obesity away from bad diets, to prevent sales from falling even flatter. But sales have been falling flat for the last decade.

"The word is out: drinking sugar in liquid form is not a good idea," Nestle says. "The publicity given to Coca-Cola's funding of researchers was a revelation to lots of people. They were shocked that a company as well known as Coca-Cola would do such a thing."

"In case you missed it, Nestle is referring to a recent analysis of beverage studies published in the journal PLOS Medicine, as pointed out recently in The New York Times, that studies funded by Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, the American Beverage Association, and the sugar industry are five times more likely to find that there is no link between soda consumption and weight gain...

" 'The recipients of soda industry funding deny that it has any effect on their design of research or its interpretation, but the evidence suggests otherwise,' Nestle says. 'Most research funded by the soda industry produces results favorable to sodas as benign factors in health. Research funded independently comes to the opposite conclusion. A coincidence? Hardly.' "

"Coca-Cola to Tweak Vitaminwater Labels to Settle Lawsuit" by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK, Oct 1, 2015
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"Coca-Cola ill tweak the labeling for Vitaminwater to settle a lawsuit that it was making misleading health claims about the drinks.

"The Atlanta company will add the words "with sweeteners" in two places on the bottles, including by the name of the drink. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group that filed the suit with private law firms on behalf of consumers in 2009, had noted that the drinks have 33 grams of sugar and negligible amounts of juice, despite coming in flavors such as kiwi-strawberry and acai blueberry pomegranate.

"The proposed settlement would also prohibit Coca-Cola from using certain statements it has used in the past, such as one that said the drink is formulated to provide nutrients that could reduce the risk of eye-disease."

The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke congratulates the Center for Science in the Public Interest for their suit to end Coke's dishonesty on this issue. Our campaign began reporting on this lawsuit in July 2013. The article we posted can be found at http://ewn.co.za/2013/07/19/Coke-likely-to-face-class-action

"An Open Letter to Health Organizations Funded by Coca-Cola" by Kyle Pfister, Ninjas for Health, October 1, 2015
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"Dear health leader,

"It was recently disclosed that you were one of 486 health organizations who accepted funding from Coca-Cola. I'm writing to say thanks. I'm sure you're doing amazing, back-breaking work to improve the health of your community. You probably rarely get thanked. You probably stretch every last dollar and still volunteer your own time when the bank account is empty. It's probably uncommon for a partner actually pull out their wallet and write you a check.

"And that was Coca-Cola's plan when they funded you...

"It's OK. You probably didn't realize at the time that their plan actually didn't have the best of intentions.

"You probably didn't realize that soda is pure sugar....

"You probably didn't realize sugar was so bad...

"You probably didn't realize how big a problem this was...

You probably didn't realize Coke targets poor kids...

"You probably didn't realize they aren't being honest..

"You probably didn't realize their exercise campaigns are sleight of hand...

"You probably didn't realize they're actually fighting against health policy...

"You probably didn't realize philanthropy is a common corporate PR tactic...

"It's OK. You didn't know this stuff when you accepted that Coca Cola funding. But now you do. And when you know better, you do better."

"Coca-Cola Ending Sponsorship Of Dietitians Group" by ASSOCIATED PRESS, SEP 30, 2015
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"Coca-Cola says it will not renew its sponsorship of a professional group for dietitians, bringing to a halt one of the many outreach efforts on health by the world's biggest soda maker.

"The Atlanta-based company said its decision was driven by its "budget realities." It said it will also not renew current contracts with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology when they end this year. The groups were informed of the decision earlier this summer, the company said Tuesday.

"The decision not to renew contracts with the various groups also comes as Coca-Cola has come under fire for its funding of programs and partnerships on health matters."

The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke has been working with members of these groups to end these relationships since March 2014. We did a report exposing this in April 2014. The Coca-Cola Company saw the writing on the wall as pressure was mounting for an end to these sponsorships.

Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola & the Co-opting of the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement http://killercoke.org/buying_respectability.php

"Coke Spends Lavishly on Pediatricians and Dietitians" by Anahad O'Connor, The New York Times, September 28, 2015
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The New York Times story highlighted the role retired pediatrician Dr. Arnold Matlin played in bringing intense pressure on the American Academy of Pediatrics to end its relationship with The Coca-Cola Company : " 'The purpose of the academy, of which I am a proud member, is to protect the health and lives of children,' said Dr. Arnold H. Matlin, a retired pediatrician from New York who drafted the Coke resolution. 'Coca-Cola is bad for children, and the A.A.P. should never accept sponsorship from Coke or any other company that makes sugar-sweetened beverages. It's obscene...'

Dr. Matlin met Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Director Ray Rogers in Rochester, NY, when Rogers received the International White Dove Award in March 2014 from the Rochester Committee on Latin America for his human rights work. Matlin learned of the American Academy of Pediatrics ties to Coca-Cola at that time and committed to wage a campaign to pressure the AAP to end to its relationship with Coke.

Dr. Richard Bruno and Dr. Orlando Sola, members of the American Academy of Family Physicians, stayed in touch with the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke and campaigned tirelessly and successfully to pressure the AAFP to end its relationship with Coca-Cola. Dr. Bruno and Dr. Sola wrote an article "AAFP & Coca-Cola: Unhealthy Bedfellows" published in The Maryland Family Doctor, Summer 2014. They wrote:

" 'Since 2009 the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has had a financial relationship with the Coca-Cola company (TCCC), providing advertising space and consultation in creating what they define 'healthier' forms of sugar-sweetened beverages in exchange for contributions totaling over $1 million...For the past four years, students and residents — the future of family medicine — have requested that the AAFP Board of Directors end any relationship with corporations that are associated with products that contribute to poor health outcomes...'

" 'Many Academy members were upset by the AAFP's financially motivated decision, and some quit. The ethics of the move were called into question. Every year since then, at the AAFP's National Conference of Students and Presidents, concerned members have spoken out against this alliance and passed resolutions calling for an end to partnerships with TCCC and other companies whose ethical shortcomings represent conflicts of interest with the Academy. The board of directors has ignored these actions, and a two-year alliance was renewed in 2013...'

" 'Psychologists have labeled TCCC advertising campaigns as 'predatory marketing,' with recent research estimating the average child is exposed to almost 200 Coca-Cola ads each year...' "

The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke published a report in April 2014 exposing these relationships. "Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola & the Co-opting of the Corporate Social Responsibility Movement" describes how many of these organizations receive financial support from The Coca-Cola Company.

Does big money from Coke co-opt and buy support from the non-profits?

The New York Times story reported "...the list showed that Coca-Cola provided many large grants to community organizations, including more than $6 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. It also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to minority groups like the N.A.A.C.P., which received $500,000 since 2010, and the Hispanic Federation, which received $325,000. Both of those groups filed amicus briefs supporting a lawsuit filed by the beverage industry in 2013 to block a proposal by New York's mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, for a citywide ban on large sugary beverages."

"Yoni Freedhoff, an obesity expert at the University of Ottawa, said he was surprised by the sheer number of community and medical organizations that had accepted large sums of money from Coca-Cola.

" 'These organizations are forming partnerships with a company whose products are absolutely thought to be a major player in obesity and the spread of chronic, noncommunicable diseases,' he said."

Coca-Cola logos were on various items at the Academy of Pediatrics' national conference in 2011
.Credit Alan Greene/DrGreene.com

"Dietitians for Professional Integrity" By Michael Mudd, The New York Times Sunday Review, March 16, 2013
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Former Big Food insiders are very valuable sources of information. In 2013, Michael Mudd — former vice president of global affairs for Kraft Foods — penned an op-ed for the New York Times titled "How to Force Ethics on the Food Industry. "

This paragraph particularly stood out to us:

"Next time you hear of a big food or beverage company sponsoring an after-school physical activity program in your community, you can be sure they'll say it's to show "our company's concern for our kids' health." But the real intent is to look angelic while making consumers feel good about the brand and drawing attention away from the unhealthful nature of the company's products. "Posing for holy cards," as one of my colleagues used to put it."

The same can be said of partnering with health organization like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Mills, and Kellogg, among others, enjoy a pleasant PR boost from joining hands with a nutrition organization, all in an attempt to distract from unhealthful products and relentless stonewalling of public health policy (usually done via front groups).

Countless public health experts (including the Director-General of the World Health Organization), legislators, nutritionists, dietitians, doctors, journalists, and even former Big Food executives have, for years, consistently shown tangible evidence that these food companies mainly use partnerships as a seemingly-friendly mask. It begs the question: why does AND seemingly not acknowledge such concerns?

"CEA prepared to eyeball Coca Cola on clean-up bill," The Sunday Times, By Aanya Wipulasena, September 6, 2015
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"A report commissioned by the Central Environment Authority (CEA) on the total bill for the clean-up of Coca Cola's diesel oil spill into the water supply is due next week and the CEA warns it is prepared to go to court to extract compensation estimated to be up to Rs. 1 billion.

" 'A survey is currently being undertaken by an academic of the Sri Jayawardenapura University to calculate the total expenditure and loss the NWSDB bore. This report will be ready by next week,' CEA Chairman Prof. Lal Dharmasiri said, adding that if Coca Cola disputed the report it would have to fund a 'full investigation'. If disagreement persisted, the CEA would take the case to court."

"Will Brits Give Up Soda After Jamie Oliver's Rotten Teeth - Pulling Stunt?," Take Part, September 4, 2015, Liz Dwyer
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"If statistics about obesity and diabetes don't get U.K. residents to cut back on soda and other sweetened drinks, a clip from Jamie Oliver's new documentary, Sugar Rush, might do the trick. The hour-long program aired on BBC Channel 4 on Thursday night as part of the chef's latest crusade to raise awareness of the role the sweet stuff is playing in the global health crisis.

"As seen in the clip above, Oliver heads to Saint George's Hospital in London, where he watches a six-year-old named Mario, who has an affinity for drinking soda, get six teeth pulled. The "completely avoidable" situation, as Oliver puts it, is common in the U.K. In July, health officials in Britain warned that tooth decay in children had become a crisis, with 26,000 five- to nine-year-olds being admitted annually because of rotting teeth."

"COCA-COLA: STOP BANKROLLING WHITE SUPREMACY. END YOUR SPONSORSHIP OF STONE MOUNTAIN PARK."
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"UPDATE 8/22/15: Today activists from our team raised a large banner obscuring the mountain with the message 'Heritage of Hate: Coke stop sponsoring racism' during a confederate rally in support of Stone Mountain and the confederate flag...

"The park — which draws an estimated 4 million visitors per year, and includes Coca-Cola as one of it's biggest corporate sponsors — features several confederate memorials, including a reconstructed Antebellum Plantation, a 'Confederate Hall,' and a Civil War museum. The most famous and prominent attraction however is the face of the mountain itself, which is carved with the image of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis riding on horseback...

"...Segregationists in Georgia hoped the monument would serve as a reminder of White Supremacy, and in 1958 the state of Georgia purchased the mountain for $2million, paving the way for the sculpture's completion. It remains there today as a reminder of our state's brutal history.?

Coca-Cola does have a history of racism. They had to settle a number of racial discrimination lawsuits, including Ingram vs. The Coca-Cola Co. ($192 million) http://www.findjustice.com/the-coca-cola-company

Visit the website, Stop Coca-Cola Discrimination at http://stopcokediscrimination.org

"Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets" by Anahad O'Connor, August 9, 2015, New York Times
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Coca-Cola has funded studies and organizations for years including those that indicated that Coke was not involved in the killing of union leaders in Colombia, medical organization like the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Pediatrics and many non-profits:

"Health experts say this message is misleading and part of an effort by Coke to deflect criticism about the role sugary drinks have played in the spread of obesity and TYPE 2 DIABETES. They contend that the company is using the new group to convince the public that physical activity can offset a bad diet despite evidence that exercise has only minimal impact on weight compared with what people consume...

" 'Coca-Cola's sales are slipping, and there's this huge political and public backlash against soda, with every major city trying to do something to curb consumption,' said Michele Simon, a public health lawyer. 'This is a direct response to the ways that the company is losing. They're desperate to stop the bleeding...'

"Since 2008, the company has also provided close to $4 million in funding for various projects to two of the organization's founding members: Dr. Blair, a professor at the UNIVERSITY of South Carolina whose research over the past 25 years has formed much of the basis of federal guidelines on physical activity, and Gregory A. Hand, dean of the West Virginia University SCHOOL of Public Health.

"Records show that the network's WEBSITE, gebn.org, is registered to Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, and the company is also listed as the site's administrator. The group's president, James O. Hill, a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, said Coke had registered the website because the network's members did not know how...

"Marion Nestle, the author of the book "Soda Politics" and a professor of nutrition, food STUDIES and public health at New York University, was especially blunt: 'The Global Energy BALANCE Network is nothing but a front group for Coca-Cola. Coca-Cola's agenda here is very clear: Get these researchers to confuse the science and deflect attention from dietary intake.' "

"Coke's Skewed Message on Obesity: Drink Coke. Exercise More," Letters, August 13, 2015, The New York Times
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To the Editor:

Re "Coca-Cola Funds Effort to Alter Obesity Battle" (front page, The New York Times, Aug. 10):

The scientific nonsense being peddled by the Coca-Cola-funded Global Energy Balance Network is outrageous. You report that the group's vice president says in an introductory video: "Most of the focus in the popular media and in the scientific press is, 'Oh they're eating too much, eating too much, eating too much' -- blaming fast food, blaming sugary drinks and so on. And there's really virtually no compelling evidence that that, in fact, is the cause."

The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee provides compelling evidence for the causal link between sugary drinks and disease, as well as the need for exercise. Unfortunately, Coca-Cola and its academic helpers won't accept the well-documented evidence that sugary drinks are a major contributor to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

MICHAEL F. JACOBSON
WALTER WILLETT
Washington

The writers are, respectively, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and professor and chairman of the department of nutrition, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. The letter was signed by 34 others in the fields of public health, medicine and nutrition.

To the Editor:

Taking a cue from tobacco companies, Coca-Cola is supporting scientists who help them deny the role sugary drinks play in causing obesity. As your article correctly notes, the true scientific consensus is that reducing calories consumed is more effective for preventing obesity than exercise.

But the health effects of soda, sports drinks and fruit drinks go well beyond their effect on "energy balance."

Sugary drinks increase the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, tooth decay and liver disease, independent of the calories they contribute to the diet. They alter the body's metabolism, affecting insulin, cholesterol and metabolites that cause high blood pressure and inflammation.

While physical activity yields myriad health benefits, it is not the solution to the harms caused by sugary drinks. Consuming less is the answer, and that's the real thing Coke does not want you to hear.

JAMES KRIEGER
Seattle

The writer, executive director of Action for Healthy Food, is a clinical professor of medicine and health services at the University of Washington.

To the Editor:

This effort by Coca-Cola is just the latest attempt to confuse the American public about science and health. While we know that the right amount of exercise is good for you, simple math dictates that it is more effort to get enough exercise to work off extra calories than it is simply to avoid these excess calories.

Congress needs to properly fund scientific research that provides unbiased information on our health, including the effects of diet and exercise. Continuing reduced sequester funding for critical federal research agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, shows the willingness of our representatives to sacrifice our long-term health on the altar of short-term fiscal conservatism.

Increased medical research funding intended to answer important health-related questions is in the interest of the long-term fiscal and physical health of all Americans.

EDWIN ANDREWS
Boston

The writer is administrative director of the MGH Clinical Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

To the Editor:

Shame on you, Coca-Cola.

Sadly, like many politicians, scientific investigators can be bought.

MARVIN DANNENBERG
Northport, N.Y.

The writer is a retired dermatologist.

Two responses to Coke's 'Apology' in the Wall Street Journal:

"OOPS! COKE APOLOGIZES AFTER GETTING BUSTED SPENDING MILLIONS TO MANIPULATE SCIENCE" by Dr. Harold Goldstein, Executive Director, California Center for Public Health Advocacy
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"... the company's (soon-to-be-former) Chairman and CEO, Muhtar Kent reached out to the masses (well, at least those who read the Wall Street Journal) with a mea culpa of sorts, and a vow to "do better." Oops!
Kent is making promises of 'even more transparency' and being committed to 'acting with integrity.' Come on!

"- He's running the ship that established a non-profit group of expert shills to tell us we simply need to walk or 'Mixify' a little more when we drink all that Coke.

"- His company spends billions each year on marketing--particularly marketing that targets children and teens of color.

"- Coca-Cola and its beverage industry brethren spend millions to try to defeat citywide and statewide measures like sugary drink taxes and warning labels. And the list goes on."

"Food Politics" by Marion Nestle, August 20, 2015
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"...I can't wait to see the list of Coke-funded research activities. Want to bet how many of those studies came out with results that Coca-Cola can use to claim that sugary drinks have no effect on obesity or type 2 diabetes? I'd also like a count of the number of studies Coca-Cola has funded to cast doubt on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the country's major dietary monitoring program, which has the annoying habit of linking sugary drinks to those conditions...

"Unless Coca-Cola stops pouring millions of dollars into fighting soda caps and taxes, stops targeting its marketing to minorities, and stops lobbying against public health measures to help people eat more healthfully, keeping Mr. Kent's version of an open mind will be difficult.

"Steven Blair, one of the scientists involved in Coke-funded research, posted this statement today:

"I have asked that my video addressing energy balance be taken down from the GEBN website. I regret that a statement I made in this video has been used by some to brand GEBN as a network focusing only on physical activity. This is not true and never has been true...My dismissal of diet as a cause of obesity did a disservice to their work. I hope many of you can relate to feeling so passionate about an issue that you say some things that you later regret. I believe that both diet and physical activity are important in obesity and that we must address both together to help people achieve healthy weights..."

"Coke Tries to Sugarcoat the Truth on Calories" by the Editorial Board, The New York Times, August 14, 2015
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"The Coca-Cola Company, which has suffered a large decline in consumption of sugary sodas as consumers worry about obesity, has formed a new organization to emphasize exercise as the best way to control obesity and to play down the importance of cutting calories.

"Coke and other beverage makers have long funneled money to industry-leaning scientists and formed innocent-sounding front groups to spread the message that sugary sodas have no deleterious effect on health and should not be taxed or regulated. The new organization, the nonprofit Global Energy Balance Network, is the latest effort to put a 'science based' gloss on industry positions, as described by Anahad O'Connor [in the above article] in The Times...

Meanwhile, the evidence continues to mount that sugar-sweetened drinks are a major contributor to obesity, heart disease and diabetes, and that exercise makes only a modest contribution to weight loss compared to ingesting fewer calories.

"Does Big Grape Juice Control Nutrition Research? An Interview with Michele Simon" By Beth Skwarecki, PLOS Journals, June 22, 2015
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"Corporations cozying up to researchers create massive conflicts of interest. It's an old story when the villain is a pharmaceutical company. But food companies need to make money too, and what better way than funding and publicizing research on their products?...

My previous report was a deeper analysis of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics [a trade group for nutritionists in the US] and that organization is even more influenced by the food industry. That was a good example of what happens when you form these kinds of cozy relationships with the junk food industry. It's not just dietitians, but also nutrition researchers that have conflicts. The ASN and its members' research form the foundations of the nutrition advice that comes from other professions, like dietitians, and even the federal government.

"There have been exposes here and there of individuals in the ASN, such as David Allison, who was called out on ABC News for his connections to Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, but I wanted to look at how this membership trade organization sets a tone. When you go to your professional annual meeting and you see sponsorships by the likes of Coca-Cola, what does that tell you as a researcher? That it's perfectly acceptable to say yes when, the next day, the Coca-Cola scientific officer says 'let's team up on some research...'

"Obviously it's better than nothing, knowing that Coca-Cola funded that study that says soda doesn't cause obesity. OK, now I can completely discount that study. But you [the consumer] may not have seen this disclosure. There are many examples of industry funded research that gets widely reported in the media without disclosures."

"Mexican soda tax cuts sales of sugary soft drinks by 6% in first year
"Anti-obesity campaigners now want levy on drinks such as Coca-Cola doubled, in line with experts' recommendations"
The Guardian, By Sarah Boseley, June 18, 2015

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"A tax on Coca-Cola and other sugar-sweetened drinks in Mexico has succeeded in bringing down sales, which experts hope will help curb the nation's obesity problem.

"The 10% tax was implemented on 1 January 2014 after a battle with the beverage industry. More than 30% of the Mexican population is obese and a love of Coca-Cola and other sugary drinks has been held at least partly responsible. The average Mexican drinks the equivalent of 163 litres of Coca-Cola a year, or nearly half a litre a day.

"The Mexican National Institute of Public Health and the University of North Carolina have now carried out an evaluation of the impact of the tax, which shows it cut purchases by an average of 6% across 2014, and by as much as 12% in the last part of the year."

Change the Tune

See a fresh take on the Hilltop ad — where real people, suffering from real soda-related health problems — could tell their stories. It’s time to change the tune.

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This segment appeared on CBS News on June 24, 2015 and it included a representative of the Center for Science in the Public Interest:

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"The bitter aftertaste of a sugar deal gone bad" by May Titthara & Daniel Pye, The Phnom Penh Post, June 6, 2015
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"Houy Mai has lost everything to the global demand for cheap sugar and biofuel. The 54-year-old mother-of-eight has fought a years-long battle with Mitr Phol, Asia's biggest sugar producer and one of three major suppliers to Coca-Cola...

" 'I think that what Coca-Cola has done here is illegal, because they buy sugar from this company that uses violence against villagers, forcefully takes over our land, and then Coca-Cola makes drinks to sell back to us,' she says.

" 'I don't have a problem with Coca-Cola buying sugar from farms in Cambodia, but they need to find somewhere else to plant [sugar cane] that does not affect people like this.' "

"Doubts on Coke's Water Numbers, Court Orders Verification: IRC Seeks Investigation of Water Recharge Claims," India Resource Center, June 4, 2015
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"Coca-Cola's claims on their water management at their disputed bottling plant in Varanasi, India are now under investigation by the court and the government. The India Resource Center has also written to the state and national pollution regulatory agencies, as well as the national groundwater authority, asking that Coca-Cola's groundwater recharge claims be verified. Coca-Cola claims that it has recharged almost three times the amount of groundwater than it extracts at its bottling plant in the village of Mehdiganj.

"The need to verify the amount of water actually recharged by companies such as Coca-Cola and other water intensive industries in India is important because the government -- due to the sustained campaigns against beverage companies across India — has new rules which make groundwater usage by such industries contingent upon the amount of groundwater recharged."

"Coca-Cola Plant shut over death of worker" by Jethro Ibileke/Benin, pmnews,, May 31, 2015
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"Bottling operations at the Benin Coca-Cola plant of the Nigerian Bottling Company was abruptly halted on Friday by casual workers following the death of one of their colleagues whose name was given as Jerry Ayo.

"The angry workers completely shut the plant located at Eyean in Uhunmwode Local Government Area of Edo State, while protesting the death of their colleague. They also barricaded the company's gate and set-up bonfires.

" Joined by relatives of the deceased, the protesters alleged that 21-year old Jerry died of electrocution while at work.

"The protesters who prevented other workers from gaining access into the building, vowed to sustain the protest until the company issues a statement on what led to Jerry's death, because, according to them, they had complained severally about electric leakages at the plant but that the management simply told them to go if they were tired of working."

"Coca-Cola employees protest 'humiliating' company policies in Spain," RT, May 30, 2015
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"Hundreds of employees from different corporations protested in Madrid's Puerta del Sol on Friday against low wages and unemployment. The protesters, many from Coca Cola, Movistar and Bankia, are demanding far-reaching changes to the structure of the companies including a review of their dismissal policies. Other demonstrators from Correos (the national postal service of Spain) and forest firefighters joined in chanting slogans such as 'the fight is the only way' and 'long live the fight of the working class.' "

"The Hypocrisy World Cup"

WATCH: Documentary exposes 'dreadful' conditions of Qatar labor force, calls out World Cup sponsors

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"COKE TALK

THE TALK

BUT DON'T

DELIVER"

"A World Cup built on the back of human rights abuses and corporate hypocrisy"

"Tamil Nadu cancels land allotment to Coca-Cola bottler" by S. Bridget Leena, Live Mint, April 22, 2015
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"The Tamil Nadu government on Monday night cancelled the land allotted to Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt Ltd at Perundurai in Erode district to set up its bottling facility...

"Over the last two years, the farmers and residents of the 10 villages in and around the area have been protesting against the facility. They alleged that the unit will use 2 milllion litres of water a day and this would affect groundwater level in the area. The villagers also said that the discharge from facility will pollute the water resources."

"Campaigners defeat Coca-Cola plant in South India," The Ecologist, April 21, 2015
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"Local campaigners fearful of water shortages and industrial pollution have forced state authorities to cancel an unpopular plan to allocate land for a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Tamil Nadu, India...

"The cancellation came as the result of a powerful local campaign led by farmers and political parties who opposed the Coca-Cola plant because it would worsen the already existing water shortages in the area, and bring more pollution into the area.

"Residents in Perundurai cited the dismal track record of Coca-Cola in India - creating water shortages across the country and polluting with toxic chemicals - as their main reasons for their opposition.

" 'This is a great victory for the people of Perundurai', said V. M. Kandasamy, chairperson of Perundurai Environment Protection Trust. 'We put all our efforts to stop Coca-Cola and we have succeeded!' "

Protest at Coca Cola's bottling plant at Plachmada, Kerala.
The plant has since been closed for rampant pollution.
Photo: kasuga sho

PRESS RELEASE: "AFT President Weingarten's Deal With Coca-Cola Questioned by Campaign to Stop Killer Coke"
Corporate Campaign, Inc., April 15, 2015

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"Campaign to Stop Killer Coke Director Ray Rogers issued a statement today questioning the terms of the agreement reached by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and The Coca-Cola Company, ending the AFT's 4-month boycott of Coca-Cola products aimed at stopping alleged child labor and human rights abuses."

"Study documents sugar industry influence on dental research in the 1960s and 1970s" bBy Marion Nestle, Food Politics, March 11, 2015
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"A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s and '70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.

"The archive of 319 industry documents, which were uncovered in a public collection at the University of Illinois, revealed that a sugar industry trade organization representing 30 international members had accepted the fact that sugar caused tooth decay as early as 1950, and adopted a strategy aimed at identifying alternative approaches to reducing tooth decay."

""Coca Cola company advertisement celebrates Fanta by giving the feeling of 'the good old times' of 1940's Germany," Daily Mail, March 12, 2015
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"Cola-Cola has gotten rid of a Fanta advertisement that referred to the 1940s, the time period in which the drink was first produced in Germany, as 'the good old times.'

"The advertisement, which was broadcast in German, was in honor of Fanta's 75th anniversary and promoted a new drink recipe.

"The clip detailed how Fanta was created by the soda company's employees, because there were limited supplies available to produce Coke."

"Sugar tax a slurp closer for Connecticut" by Bill Cummings, Stamford Advocate, March 10, 2015
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" A bill which would make Connecticut the first in the nation to slap a penalty tax on sugary soda products passed a legislative committee Thursday and moved a few inches closer to becoming law...

"State Rep. Diana Urban, D-North Stonington and the children's committee chairwoman, said even if the bill does not become law -- she acknowledged similar efforts failed in New York City and California — the discussion helps educate the public about the dangers of surgery drinks.

"'The more we put this out there I think we are educating the public because we are highlighting the issue,' Urban said, referring to obesity and other diseases linked to surgery food products."

"Coca-Cola Forced To Shut Bottling Plant in India" by Corp Watch, OpEdNews, March 9, 2015
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"Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage producer, has been ordered to shut down its bottling plant in Varanasi, India following local complaints that the company was drawing excessive amounts of groundwater...

"This is not the first time that the company has been in trouble in India for unsustainable water extraction practices. In 2004 a bottling plant in Plachimada, Kerala, was closed for excessive water consumption. Later Kerala passed legislation that allows Coca-Cola to be sued for as much as $47 million in damages as result of the operations. And last year, community organizers in Charba, Uttarakhand, defeated Coca-Cola's plans to build a new factory as soon as the proposal went public."

"Coca-Cola, Mcdonald's Accused Of Waging Unhealthy 'War' On Russia, "Malaysian Digest, March 6, 2015
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"Russian officials sharply criticised US fast-food giants Coca-Cola and McDonald's yesterday for their "unhealthy" products, comparing aggressive advertising campaigns to a war on citizens...

Coca-Cola withdraws an advert that referred to Nazi Germany as 'the good old times'

Watch the controversial Fanta advert that has been thrown out by Coca Cola after outrage over its message.

"Coca-Cola has been forced to withdraw their latest Fanta advert in Germany. All they did was refer to 'the good old times' during which Fanta was created...

"But Fanta was developed in Germany in 1941 during the 'good old times' of the Third Reich. Back then there was difficulty finding supplies available to produce coke."

Video: Coca-Cola celebrate 'good old times' of 1940s Germany

Syafiq Adi

"Killer Coke: Coke is indeed 'the real thing' if reality is about shrewdly offloading risk and responsibility in order to make loads of money."
(Review of "Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism" by Bartow J. Elmore)
By Nicholas Freudenberg, The American Interest, February 3, 2015

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"A central theme of Citizen Coke is that Coke has created a brand of capitalism that increasingly dominates the global economy. What are the essential elements of Coca-Cola capitalism?

"First, Coke capitalism looks to protect profit by outsourcing expensive or risky operations to others...

"Second, Coca-Cola avidly pursues government subsidies...

"Third, Coca-Cola has lots of local partners who look out for the company's interests...

"Finally, Coca-Cola capitalism is well-suited to the age of globalization...

"So what's wrong with Coca-Cola capitalism?...Elmore's detailed examination of Coke's history highlights some of the problems. It turns out that what's good for Coke's bottom line is not so good for American or global health, the environment, democracy, or most typical workers. Furthermore, as Elmore shows, the support that governments and taxpayers provide Coca-Cola allows the company to ship and sell more products and, in the process, deplete public goods such as water and land that could grow healthier crops. This in turn generates more diet-related disease and solid waste that consumers and taxpayers must pay to remedy."

Trabajadores de Coca-Cola Fuenlabrada denuncian el desmantelamiento de la fabrica

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Dani from Madris:

"This happened January 15th. Police covered people inside the factory who were dismantling the factory behind the Audiencia Nacional (the court).We took out those people and got inside the factory two times. You can see the video; police used violence against us.They used the sticks on our faces and heads -- mine is one of them.But we stopped the dismantlers."

"Drink less soda? Coke cuts jobs" by Marion Nestle, Food Politics, January 12, 2015
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"That Coca-Cola is cutting between 1600 and 1800 jobs in the next few months, 500 of them in Atlanta (Coke's home town), is big news.

"Why is Coke doing this? According to The New York Times, the company says:

"to streamline our business"

"to help fund the stepped-up marketing it believes is needed to drive up beverage sales" (oh, great)

IBTimes offers another reason:

"Americans just aren't guzzling carbonated drinks as much as they used to."

"As Mexico's Sugary Drink Tax Turns 1 Year Old, US Health Proponents Hope It Can Sway American Voters" by Maria Gallucci, International Business Times, January 11, 2015
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"Mexicans are guzzling fewer sodas, juices and flavored waters since a nationwide sugary drink tax took effect in 2014. The policy aims to help curb rising rates of obesity and diabetes in Mexico, which recently overtook the U.S. as the world's fattest country. Now public health proponents north of the border say they're hoping Mexico's positive start can sway U.S. voters to adopt similar taxes...

"Proponents of taxes on sugary drinks, including public health researchers, say raising the price of sweetened beverages is an effective way to reduce consumption and, in turn, lower health risks. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto approved the action in October 2013 after years of interest from national health experts, who saw the tax as one antidote to Mexico's alarming diabetes rates. As many as 10 million Mexicans have diabetes, or roughly one-sixth of the population, according to government data. Nearly a half-million people died from diabetes from 2006 to 2012, a rise of nearly 60 percent from the previous six-year period...

"Yet even without drink taxes, American attitudes toward junk food and sugar-rich drinks already may be changing. Nearly two-thirds of Americans said they avoid soda in their diet while more than half said they avoid sugar..."

Mexico's Sugary Drink Tax

"Oregon hospital system Providence bans the sale of sugary drinks" by Tom Hallman Jr., The Oregonian/Oregon Live, January 6, 2015
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"...Providence Health & Services...will no longer sell or stock sugary drinks in Oregon hospitals and business offices as part of what's called a healthy dining initiative.

"On Monday, the organization removed the drinks at its Northeast Portland business office.

"During the next two months, the drinks will phased out at all eight of Providence's Oregon hospitals, clinics and businesses offices, said Sandy Miller, the organization's director of Health and Nutrition.

"Miller said studies have shown the average person in the United States consumes 48 gallons of sugary drinks each year. She said a 20-ounce bottle of soda contains as much as 18 teaspoons of sugar. Studies have shown, she said, that sugary drinks play a significant role in obesity, Type 2 diabetes and tooth decay.

Oregon Bans Coca-Cola

These drinks — and all other sugary beverages — are no longer for sale within Portland's Providence hospital system. (The Associated Press)

"Jamie Oliver: 'Parts of South America have been raped by Westernised brands'" by Lizzie Dearden, The Independent, January 3, 2015

"Jamie Oliver has reportedly accused multinational soft drink corporations of 'raping' parts of South America by dominating the market with unhealthy products…

"Mr Doherty [friend of Oliver] told the newspaper he recently visited a dental hospital in Mexico which treats 'three-year-olds with no teeth because they drink so much Coke'.

" 'But you go there and the dentists are sitting on branded Coca-Cola chairs, under Coca-Cola umbrellas.' He added. 'They're saturated.'

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"Jamie Oliver: Coca-Cola y otras marcas occidentales han violado América del Sur," 4 ene 2015

"Doherty ha comentado que hace poco visitaba un hospital en México donde reciben tratamiento niños de tres años 'sin dientes porque beben mucha Coca-Cola'. 'Pero vas allí y los dentistas están sentados en sillas de marca Coca-Cola, bajo parasoles de Coca-Cola. Están saturados', ha lamentado Doherty."

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The chef has spoken out against the dominance of multinational drinks companies

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"Russia's Putin says Coca-Cola may be harmful for children to drink" by Phil W. Hudson, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dec. 19, 2014
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" '[I] did not know whether Coca-Cola is a harmful drink, but many experts say it is [harmful] for children,' the former KGB officer said. 'The thing is we have our own national drinks.'

"The comment was made after a man from Kirov asked whether Russian supermarkets should stock kvas, a fermented beverage commonly made from black or regular rye bread, instead of Coca-Cola.

"The comments made about the world's largest beverage company may have dire consequences as The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO) is listed as a sponsor of the 2018 Russia World Cup, which is scheduled to take place between June 14 and July 15."

"This Mexican ad blames Coke for the country's obesity epidemic" by Svati Kirsen Narula, Quartz, Dec. 10, 2014
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"In a powerful new public service announcement, the public health advocacy group El Poder del Consumidor seeks to turn even more Mexicans off soda. It borrows Coca-Cola's "Haz feliz a alguien" ("Make someone happy") tagline, but instead of depicting people raising Coke bottles in festive cheer, it features families whose Christmases have been saddened by complications of Type 2 diabetes...

El Poder del Consumidor also orchestrated a demonstration against Coca-Cola in Mexico City to coincide with the launch of this ad,according to the nutrition activist and New York University professor Marion Nestle.

"Coca-Cola's Fairlife Milk Ads Slammed As Sexist" by Ron Dicker, The Huffington Post, Dec. 2, 2014
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"Coca-Cola's distributing a new kind of milk--one critics say has been promoted with sexist ads.

"The soft drink giant, which is helping launch a premium milk brand called Fairlife, is getting flak over a test market ad campaign that features all-but-naked models coated in a splash of milk. The images are accompanied by captions such as 'Drink What She's Wearing' and 'Better Milk Looks Good On You...'

"The Guardian called the campaign 'a tedious reminder that when it comes to the objectification of women in advertising, we seem to be slipping backward instead of moving forward.'"

"How Coca-Cola built a sugary empire, by outsourcing as much as possible" by Bartow Elmore, Fortune Magazine, Nov. 25, 2014
Bartow Elmore is a professor of U.S. history at the University of Alabama and is the author of Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism.

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"The soft drink company proved incredibly adept at getting other businesses and local governments to bear the majority of the costs of producing and distributing its products...

"While Coca-Cola is shifting towards healthier drink options, especially bottled water, the price for providing this service should appear unconscionable to the informed consumer. Americans pay more than $4 for a gallon of Dasani water when they could easily enjoy the same quantity of clean water from their tap for a fraction of a cent. Perhaps our money could be better spent fixing public water systems--which currently need over $500 billion in repairs, according to the EPA--rather than purchasing Coke's bottled water. After all, as Coke's history makes clear, private citizens and Coca-Cola need public pipes to survive."

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"1.6 Million-Member American Federation of Teachers Bans Coca-Cola Products Citing Child Labor and Human Rights Record," by Corporate Campaign, Inc., November 24, 2014
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"Corporate Campaign, Inc. applauds the American Federation of Teachers (AFT, AFL-CIO) for its historic move to ban all Coca-Cola products from its facilities and events, based on Coke's human rights record. The Union calls on affiliates to "participate in campaigns to remove Coca-Cola products from their schools, colleges, hospitals and other places in which they work."

"Weekend reading: a fresh take on the soda industry" by Marion Nestle, Food Politics, Nov. 21, 2014
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"Elmore is an historian at the University of Alabama, whose book takes a fresh look at how soda companies managed to make fortunes selling cheap sugar water. Advertising, he says, is only a minor factor in generating soda profits.

"The real profits came from a business strategy that offloads the costs and risks onto suppliers, bottlers, and taxpayers. Soda companies depend on taxpayers for the cost of city water supplies, the recycling discarded cans and bottles, the cleanup of containers that are not recycled, the transportation of sodas to the military, and the health care of overweight consumers.

"The public, he says, should be setting and collecting the price for use of public resources, rather than 'accepting the bill for corporate waste.'"

"Is drinking soda the new smoking?" — CBS, November 14, 2014
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"In New York, Brooklyn lawmaker Karim Camara is proposing a state law requiring sugary sodas to carry a warning label: 'SAFETY WARNING: DRINKING BEVERAGES WITH ADDED SUGAR CONTRIBUTES TO OBESITY, DIABETES AND TOOTH DECAY...'

"Passing this type of legislation takes time, effort, and money. Is it really worth it?

"Camara, the author of the warning-label bill, thinks so. 'The people that are disproportionately affected by diabetes are poor or people of color, and I believe increasing awareness will help parents stop giving soda to their children,' he says."

How Much Sugar Is Too Much? A New Tool Sheds Some Light NPR, By Lisa Aliferis, Nov. 10, 2014
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"But knowing how much sugar you're eating can be challenging. Here are some key facts from the SugarScience website.

"• Added sugar is hiding in 74 percent of packaged foods. (Proposed changes to the nutrition label would change this by including a separate line for added sugars.)

"• Fructose, a common type of sugar, can damage your liver more than other kinds of sugar — just like too much alcohol can.

"• One 12-ounce can of soda a day can increase your risk of dying of heart disease by one-third.

"The site also includes tips on concrete steps that people can take to cut down on sugar. The most straightforward way is to stop drinking sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, sports drinks and energy drinks, the researchers say. More than one-third of added sugar in the diet comes from sugary drinks."

"Beverage giants lobby against NSW container deposit scheme," The Sydney Moring Herald, By Kirsty Needham, November 9, 2014
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"Eighty per cent of consumers support the idea of a 10 cent deposit on cans and bottles to encourage recycling. One in three pieces of litter in Australia is a drink container. The polling shows it is a family favourite.

"But beverage companies hate the idea. It was recently revealed by Liberal MP Catherine Cusack that she was threatened with a 'disgraceful' $4 million advertising attack against the Liberal Party by the drinks industry at the 2011 election if her party adopted a policy to introduce a scheme...

"Coca-Cola Amatil, which hates the idea of kids being paid 10 cents to bring soft drink bottles to 'reverse vending machines' at shopping centres, met with Stokes about 'litter reduction' in July.

"Two weeks later, beverage giants Lion Nathan and CUB went straight to the top and met with Baird. Stokes then met separately with recycling companies, and Keep Australia Beautiful (an unlikely opponent of container deposits, coincidentally funded by Coca-Cola)."

"Berkeley breaks through on soda tax" by Helena Bottemiller Evich, Politico, November 5, 2014
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"Berkeley, California, a city known for its progressive politics, made history Tuesday night by approving the first real sin tax on soda in the United States.

"Voters approved Measure D, a penny-per-ounce tax, by a 3-to-1 margin after a bitter campaign battle, with the beverage industry spending more than $2.1 million to oppose the initiative...

"But health advocates are practically jumping for joy. After decades of hard-fought losses on soda taxes, they hope their victory in Berkeley will breathe new life into the issue. The win is 'absolutely huge,' according to Marion Nestle, a professor at New York University and author of 'Food Politics.'

"Some research has suggested that it will reduce consumption, but the theory has never been fully tested in the United States. In Mexico, sugar-sweetened beverage sales are down roughly 10 percent and juice, water and diet soda sales are up 7 percent since the country instituted a tax on soda and junk food last year, according to a preliminary study . Health advocates are eager to see whether similar changes can happen stateside -- and whether reductions in obesity and diabetes might follow."

"U.S. Coke Sales Have Dropped So It's Selling To Nations That Don't Have An Obesity Epidemic... Yet" by Bartow J. Elmore, The World Post, October 29, 2014
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"...as sales began to lag in the United States, Coke had to look elsewhere for people who would consume its flagship sugary beverages. The idea that Coke could simply abandon its top full-calorie brands and still offer a healthy portfolio to investors was absurd. So the company turned to overseas markets to make up for lost revenue at home by selling more Coca-Cola abroad, in places like India, where the company happily reported caloric beverages enjoying double-digit growth in 2012. Two years later, the company heralded "six percent growth in brand Coca-Cola" in Eurasian and African markets. If the company was talking about slimming down to the public, it was feedings its shareholders a steady diet of more calories sold around the globe."

"Soft drinks an increasingly hard sell to Canadian consumers" by Jamie Sturgeon, Global News, Oct. 29, 2014
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"...fewer Canadian consumers are biting, opting instead for options with less sugar or artificial sweeteners.

"In fact, soft drink prices have descended into 'irrational pricing' territory to prop up sales, retail experts at CIBC said a few months back - and even that's not working.

"Coke said last week its North American sales continue to fall this year as part of an industry-wide decline..."

"Sugary Soda Linked to Cellular Aging," KMBZ (Kansas City), October 21, 2014
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"University of California San Francisco researchers contend, 'Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence disease development, not only by straining the body's metabolic control of sugars but also through accelerated cellular aging of tissues.'

"In other words, the DNA of people who drink the equivalent of 20 ounces of sugary soda daily is almost five years older than those who don't consume carbonated beverages."

"The Not-So-Sweet Relief: How The Soda Industry Is Influencing Medical Organizations" by Richard Bruno, MD and Kevin Burns, MD, Union of Concerned Scientists, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public, October 15, 2014
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"With increasing scrutiny over the dire health consequences of sugar-sweetened beverages, soda manufacturers have turned to obscuring the science, confusing the consumer, and sponsoring medical organizations whose recommendations influence both providers and patients. Unfortunately these corporate partnerships are conflicts of interest that undermine the credibility of the organizations and stymie reform.

"Most notably, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has had a corporate partnership with The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) since 2009, which has resulted in educational materials and underwriting of their patient information website FamilyDoctor.org. A striking example of how the partnership undermines the family physician's credibility occurs on the page for "Diabetes," which recommends a healthy diet, while nestled neatly next to an advertisement for Coca-Cola and a footnote acknowledging TCCC as 'partial underwriter' for the page."

"Forward Push on Soda Ban; De Blasio Administration Considers New Ways to Cap Size of Sugary Drinks" by MICHAEL HOWARD SAUL, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 15, 2014
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"Mayor Bill de Blasio 's administration is exploring new ways to regulate the size of large sugary drinks in New York City, holding high-level meetings behind closed doors with health advocates and beverage industry executives.

"Mayor de Blasio has made clear he supports a ban on large sugary drinks," his spokesman, Phil Walzak, said on Thursday. "The administration is currently considering plans on the best way to reach that goal..."

"Mr. de Blasio, in a relatively rare display of agreement with Mr. Bloomberg, has vowed to find a way to limit the size of drinks, a move public-health advocates say would help fight obesity."

"India: Farmers In Confrontation With 'Coca Cola' Over Water," InSerbia Network Foundatoin, Oct 12, 2014
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Dispute over water in India between farmers and "Coca Cola" is still ongoing. Farmers accuse the company of endangering their lives.

"Now we have to dig deeper wells than when we had water," says Savitri Rai, a 60-year-old woman, noting that her estate in the village of Mehadiganj, Uttar Pradesh state, is now surrounded by mud and water can not be found even at 240 meters depth.

Savitri said that poverty is increasing, as farmers' search for water in the village has become futile. And they are blaming "Coca Cola" company

"Coca-Cola Is Bleeding Indian Towns Dry & But Not if These Farmers Can Stop It" by Coleen Jose, October 11, 2014, World.Mic
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They've launched a successful mission to Mars, but India's government still has a lot of work to do on a major domestic concern: managing the country's dwindling groundwater resources. And there's one clear party to blame.

In the state of Uttar Pradesh, in northern Indian, farmers are decidedly unhappy with the neighboring Coca-Cola plant that's been rapidly depleting the decade-old area wells. It's been happening for years, but the impact on local resources is finally coming to a tipping point. Farmers living in remote villages have decided to take action against the corporate giant.

"Mexico's Taxes on Junk Food Affect Coke and Pepsi" by Flynna Sarah Molina, Franchise Herald, Oct 11, 2014
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It's not a surprise that Pepsi and Coke are paying millions to go against proposed taxes on sweet drinks in California

PepsiCo released its report that it reached higher quarterly income as international sales increased, however one slow factor was Mexico. The organization pointed at snacks sales dropped by 3 percent, due to the new tax on junk foods.

"The Next Battleground for Soda" by Mark Bittman, The New York Times, OCT. 7, 2014
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"It's difficult for community efforts to fight against big money, and that's something of which the beverage producers have plenty. But by repeating the same message & that sugar-sweetened beverages are deadly when consumed in quantity, and their marketers will not voluntarily restrain themselves from peddling their wares to children & it becomes evident that something must be done.

"The current battlegrounds are Berkeley and San Francisco, where votes will be held on Nov. 4 on local soda taxes. (I'm using 'soda' to mean 'sugar-sweetened beverages,' including some Gatorade and Snapple drinks & which are not really 'sodas' but are also pretty much useless, nutritionally, contain loads of sugar and are certainly taxable sugar-sweetened beverages. 'Diet' sodas, which are really sodas but contain no sugar, are not included but have problems of their own & recent studies suggest they may contribute to diabetes and obesity rather than mitigate them.)

"These are important struggles, because a victory in either place would, I believe (and I'm not alone) begin a snowball effect, as cities with public health and cash crises recognize that by taxing soda they can alleviate both problems associated with each. Funds could be raised for public coffers & money to fight for better public health & and soda consumption could decrease. Also, less soda consumption means better public health as well. A nice cycle, and relatively painless."

Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies, and public health at New York University. Nestle is a leading authority on the evils of the soda industry and has been a strong critic of The Coca-Cola Company:

"Food Politics" (a blog) by Marion Nestle
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"The Soda Industry's Promises Mean Nothing" by Marion Nestle, Time, Sept. 30, 2014
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"Americans have gotten the word. Sodas in anything but small amounts are not good for health.

"Although Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association have funded studies that invariably find sodas innocent of health effects, the vast preponderance of research sponsored by the government or foundations clearly demonstrates otherwise.

"Think of sodas as candy in liquid form. They contain astonishing amounts of sugars. A 12-ounce soda contains 10 (!) teaspoons of sugar and provides about 150 calories.
It should surprise no one that adults and children who habitually consume sugary drinks are far more likely to take in fewer nutrients, to weigh more, and to exhibit metabolic abnormalities compared to those who abstain or drink only small amounts.

"And, contrary to expectation, diet sodas don't seem to help...

"If the soda industry really wants to help prevent obesity, it needs to change its current practices. It should stop fighting tax and size initiatives, stop opposing warning labels on sugary drinks, stop lobbying against restrictions on sodas in schools, stop using sports and music celebrities to sell products to children, stop targeting marketing to African-American and Hispanic young people, and stop funding research studies designed to give sodas a clean bill of health."

"Coca-Cola Agrees to Pay $475,000 to Settle OFCCP's Claims for 1,300 Female Applicants" by Jay-Anne Casuga, Bloomberg, September 9, 2014
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"A Coca-Cola bottler in Oklahoma has entered into a $475,000 conciliation agreement with the Labor Department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs to settle agency allegations that the company discriminated against a class of 1,293 female applicants, the DOL announced Sept. 4...

"The OFCCP concluded that female applicants 'were much less likely to be hired than similarly situated male applicants' for merchandiser, driver, driver trainee, production and warehouse positions during a two-year period beginning June 2007, the agency said."

"Berkeley vs. Big Soda" by ROBERT REICH, LA Progressive, September 9, 2014
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"I was phoned the other night in middle of dinner by an earnest young man named Spencer, who said he was doing a survey.

"...He asked me if I knew a soda tax would be on the ballot in Berkeley in November. When I said yes, he then asked whether I trusted the Berkeley city government to spend the revenues wisely...

"So I asked Spencer a couple of questions of my own. Who was financing his survey? 'Americans for Food and Beverage Choice,' he answered. Who was financing this group? 'The American Beverage Association,' he said.

"I didn't get to ask him my third question: Who's financing the American Beverage Association? It didn't matter. I knew the answer: Pepsico and Coca Cola..."

"Coke's history as a worldwide capitalist abuser" by Heather Gray, North Dallas Gazette, August 31, 2014
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"The Coca-Cola Company is, of course, a capitalist company meaning that its goal is to make money virtually any way possible. It's good at this. Its market cap today is $168.7 billion according to Forbes. Since it's founding in the late 1800′s it is now known to be the most recognized product in the world. Its goal of making money is accomplished regardless of the consequences be it environmental degradation, pollution, abuse of and destabilizing water use, worker assassinations, discrimination in the work place, or the health of individuals drinking its product, to name but a few. Promoting a product that requires purchase by huge numbers of individuals in order to make a profit necessitates deliberate efforts at creating a positive public image. It's good at that also but it is simultaneously considered by some as one of the most evil corporations in the world - a designation that suits it well.

"Living in Atlanta, the home of Coca-Cola, the time has come for me to begin writing about the company, as Alex Cockburn had wanted. The purpose of this article on Coca-Cola is to share an assortment of some of my personal experiences with the corporation in the past few decades in reference to Atlanta, South Africa and the Philippines. For a fairly comprehensive list of criticisms against The Coca-Cola Company throughout the world that I won't be referring to please go to: Killer Coke http://killercoke.org.

"Coca-Cola sued by former employee who complained of alleged harassment, injury" by Kyle Barnett, The Louisiana Record, August 28, 2014
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"An African-American woman who was formerly employed by Coca-Cola is suing after she was allegedly wrongfully terminated after being injured on the job and subjected to sexually and racially motivated harassment.

"Tyressa Gatlin filed suit against Coca-Cola Refreshments in the 24th Judicial District Court on July 21.

"Gatlin contends that she was hired to work in the Coca-Cola Refreshments bottling plant in Harahan on Jan. 6, 2010 for the purpose of hiring and managing 10 regional sales managers working in 320 stores around the New Orleans area. The plaintiff claims she was promised a nine month probationary period when first hired during which time she would learn more about her position and responsibilities. However, Gatlin alleges she was never formally trained.

"The plaintiff asserts that all other district sales managers were trained in the proper way to lift and move heavy objects and how to use supportive back braces. Gatlin claims that during the scope of her employment she worked 12 to 14 hours per day, on call 24 hours per day and was required to stock and transport Coca-Cola products...

"Gatlin alleges she was also disciplined for beginning an investigation, that went to the corporate level, into whether sales associates were expected to purchase via their own means overstock merchandise in order to meet sales quotas. Afterward the plaintiff claims she was placed on a 30-day disciplinary plan and began to be harassed by her boss, including sexually and racially based comments.

"Gatlin asserts that due to the injury and the stress of the harassment she suffered a panic attack on the job on May 23, 2010 and her deteriorating health made it impossible for her to return to work and she was granted a six month leave of absence from May 25 to Dec. 23, 2010, but was notified by human resources on Aug. 19, 2010 that she had in fact been terminated."

“Coca-Cola Buys Stake In Monster Beverage For $2 Billion” by Maggie McGrath, Forbes, August 14, 2014
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"Coca-Cola and Monster Beverage announced Thursday afternoon [8/14/14] that Coke will make a net cash payment of $2.15 billion in exchange for a 16.7% stake in Monster. Coke will also gain two seats on Monster’s board of directors.

"The companies said the deal aims to better-align each of their product portfolio and distribution abilities, and so Coke will transfer ownership of its energy business — which includes drinks like Full Throttle, Burn and Power Play — to Monster, while Monster will transfer its non-energy business — which includes drinks like Hansen’s Natural Sodas, Peace Tea and Hubert’s Lemonade — to Coca-Cola. Monster will also issue Coke shares of its common stock."

Therefore we have taken Hansen's Natural Sodas and Blue Sky soda off our list of Alternatives to Coke.

"PRESS: Coca-Cola Forced to Abandon $25 Million Project in India
"Tries to Save Face by "Withdrawing" Application After Denial by Agency
Press Release, India Resource Center, August 25, 2014

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"The Coca-Cola company has been forced to abandon a $25 million newly built bottling plant in Mehdiganj, Varanasi, India as the result of a sustained campaign against the company's plans. The $25 million plant — which was a significant expansion to its existing plant in Mehdiganj — had already been fully built and the company had also conducted trial runs, but could not operate commercially as it did not have the required permits to operate...

"Somehow having learnt that its application had been rejected, in order to save itself major embarrassment, Coca-Cola sent a letter to the CGWA on Friday, August 22, 2014 - two days before the rejection was to be made public on Monday, August 25, 2014 - stating that it was "withdrawing" its application...

" 'Coca-Cola is a shameless and unethical company that has consistently placed its pursuit of profits over the well-being of communities that live around its facilities. It is absolutely reprehensible for a globally recognized company like Coca-Cola to seek further groundwater allowances from an area that has become acutely water-stressed, and that too in large part due to Coca-Cola's mining of groundwater alone,' said Amit Srivastava of the India Resource Center which has led the campaign to challenge the new plant."

"Coca-Cola Expansion Plans Rejected
"Campaign Defeats Coca-Cola Ambitions in India"
For Immediate Release | August 22, 2014

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"Coca-Cola's application to expand its bottling plant in Mehdiganj, Varanasi in India has been rejected by the government, according to sources close to the India Resource Center.

"The Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited (HCCBPL), a subsidiary of the Atlanta, US based Coca-Cola Company, had applied in 2012 to the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA) and the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB), to expand its groundwater allowance in Mehdiganj five-fold - from 50,000 cubic meters to 250,000 cubic meters annually.

"The India Resource Center has led the opposition to Coca-Cola's expansion plans in Mehdiganj and has also called for the closure of Coca-Cola's current operations due to the worsening groundwater situation."

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"'Boycott Coca Cola,' say Spanish workers" By BARRY WEISLEDER, Socialist Action, August 3, 2014
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"I spoke to Comisiones Obreras (CCOO) union organizer Daniel Andres Sobrino about the issues in dispute with the soft drink giant.He told me that Spain's national labour court overturned Coca Cola's dismissal of 1190 workers in that country. The decision was a big boost for the union-led campaign against four factory closures in that depressed economy.The Audiencia Nacional also called for the workers' reinstatement and payment of lost wages."

"Coca-Cola Has Donated more than $3.2 Million to Defeat GMO Labeling: Boycott the Soda Empire" by Christina Sarich, Natural Society, August 4, 2014
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"Coca-Cola and its products are becoming boycotted garbage due to the growing public awareness concerning companies who are supporting the defeat of GMO labeling. Now, you can tell this mega-corporation that while the $3.2 million spent to help defeat Proposition 37 in California and I-522 in Washington may have worked before, the organization is about to lose millions more in public product support. We have a right to know what is in our food, and nothing will stop the grassroots efforts to rid the world of GMO for good.

"People all over the globe are boycotting Coca-Cola, Honest Tea, Odwalla, Zico, Peace Tea, and Vitamin Water until they stop supporting companies like Dow and Monsanto. Many people have stopped drinking Coke itself since it amounts to little more than sugar-water, but their other brands hang in the balance, too, as consumers stand ready to do what it takes to defeat the Grocery Manufacturer's Association (GMA) and biotech...

"Coca-Cola and other soda manufacturers don't want GMO labeling to pass because they use GMO sugar-beets to help sweeten their best-selling products, among other GMO crops."

"How diet cola drinks contain more caffeine than the regular versions" by Daily Mail Reporter, Daily Main (UK), 3 August 2014
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"Diet cola drinks contain higher levels of caffeine than regular versions, according to new research.

"Caffeine is linked to hyperactivity in children, however manufacturers such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi and energy drinks companies are not required to label levels in their products.

"As a result, families do not realise that apparently healthier diet drinks may contain more caffeine, which can effect behaviour...

"Nutritionists and health experts have warned that high-caffeine drinks, often consumed by children, could pose a risk to health and said the test results showed that more needed to be done to safeguard children."

"Introducing the National Soda Tax," Mark Bittman, July 30, 2014, The New York Times
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"Get this: Rosa DeLauro, the brave and beloved 12-term congresswoman from New Haven, will be introducing a bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday that would require a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.

"And it's about time. You know the big picture, even if you've forgotten the details, so I'm going to spare you the stats about obesity and diabetes that have been reiterated here and elsewhere ad infinitum. (If you want a refresher course, see this.) Suffice it to say that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to obesity and diabetes, and that some form of control is needed. Many sugar-sweetened beverages contain more sugar per bottle than the American Heart Association's recommended daily limit and the Department of Agriculture's guidelines for sugar. (The Food and Drug Administration has not set standards for sugar consumption.)...

"But a national tax would be much tidier. Just eight months after it took effect, Mexico's soda tax is starting to show positive results & consumption is down, at least & and we could expect a similar performance from DeLauro's proposed bill. The SWEET Act (as she's calling it) would amend the I.R.S. code and charge a penny per teaspoon of sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or other caloric sweeteners & "to be paid by the manufacturer, producer or importer of such products." This would mean roughly a dime per can of soda, closer to 20 cents for a 20-ounce bottle or most medium-size soft drinks at restaurants. (Remember 6.5-ounce Cokes? The 20-ounce standard in part explains the obesity crisis.)"

July 18-20 demonstrations by striking Coca-Cola and Panrico workers in Madrid and Barcelona

Sales of Coca-Cola in Spain are reported to have slumped by half, in the wake of a call for a boycott of the product over an attempt by the company's Spanish bottler to lay off workers.

Note from striker: "Thank you, very much to promote the news against Coke in Spain. I've been in contact with you before and I'm one of the 236 people that are fighting against the capitalist Coke Company. We have at the moment been on strike for 158 days and we have beaten the company in the courts, but we are still waiting to get our jobs back because Coke went to the Supreme Court. We just can say thanks for all your help and we are still promoting a Coke boycott in Span until we get our jobs back."

"Coca-Cola sales nosedive in Spain after boycott call over layoff plan," euronews, June 20, 2014
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"According to the newspaper El Economista, the sharp fall over a one-year period represents the largest decline ever recorded by the soft drinks giant.

"It is the second piece of bad news in a week for Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, which resulted from a merger of several bottlers in 2013. Last Friday, June 13, it was ordered by a court to reinstate more than 800 workers as its controversial redundancy plan backfired.

"In January, the company's Spanish subsidiary confirmed plans for a massive cost-cutting operation involving the closure of four of its 11 factories in Spain and the layoff of 1,190 employees, almost a third of the total workforce.

The news gained widespread attention, coming as it did from a profit-making firm in a country where more than one in four of the workforce is unemployed. Street protests followed, as did a campaign for consumers to shun Coke products...

"According to El Economista, in central Spain — the region which includes Madrid — sales diminished by 48.6 percent in the one-year period from 28 February 2013 to 28 February 2014."

"Coca-Cola plant closed down in Varanasi, for water and land pollution," AsiaNews.it, 06-17-14
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"A great success after 14 years of struggle", said to AsiaNews fr. Anand Mathew IMS, commenting the closure of Coca-Cola plant in Mehdiganj, closed to Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). On June 6 the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the primary central government agency for monitoring pollution, has ordered the plant to be closed. It was held responsible for water shortages and pollution.

Since 2002 Indian Missionary Society (IMS) fr. Mathew has opposed the plant and supported local population. "For this struggle I was imprisoned in 2004 and 2005. Our movement has been made with women and marginalized farmers. Nowhere in India there is such a platform where people of different denomination come together. It was something very unusual for me, and it gives a lot of hope for the future Church, a Church beyond denominations", said the catholic priest, who's been director of cultural centre Vishwa Jyoti Communications in Varanasi for over a decade.

Coca-Cola's bottling operations in Mehdiganj have been the subject of intense public protests since 2003 and the emerging details of Coca-Cola's planned expansion have anguished many community members. Mehdiganj is an agrarian area and farmers use the same depleting groundwater resource to meet all their water needs.

In addition to over-extraction of groundwater, Coca-Cola is also guilty of polluting groundwater resources around its bottling plants in India. In 2003, the CPCB tested the waste from nine Coca-Cola bottling plants and found that all nine were violating the hazardous waste laws of India. CPCB found that the waste from all nine bottling plants had exceeded levels of lead, cadmium or chromium. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola was distributing its toxic waste to farmers around its bottling plants, as fertilizer.

In the case of Mehdiganj, CPCB found excessive levels of cadmium and chromium in the waste from Coca-Cola bottling plant that it had tested. Subsequently, two others tests conducted by other groups (in 2008 and 2010) have also found contamination in and around Coca-Cola's bottling plant in Mehdiganj, including heavy metals.

The company has consistently denied the allegations.

"Coca-Cola Plant Shut Down in India; Authorities Cancel License for Coca-Cola's Mehdiganj Plant," India Resource Center, June 18, 2014
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Coca-Cola's bottling plant has been shut down by state government authorities in Mehdiganj in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) ordered the plant to shut down because it found the company to be violating a number of conditions of its license, or "No Objection Certificate" (NOC)...

UPPCB closure order also noted that Coca-Cola had increased its production capacity from 20,000 cases per day to 36,000 without the Board's permission, and suggested that the company may have misled the Board about the actual amount of industrial waste discharge (which has remained constant, according to Coca-Cola, in spite of increasing production by 80%). The Board also cast doubt on Coca-Cola's waste treatment plant, noting that the "Treatment System/Plant" was not operating "smoothly/properly".

Coca-Cola had been seeking to expand the capacity of its existing plant in Mehdiganj five-fold, part of its aggressive growth strategy of India which in 2012 announced an additional $5 billion investment by 2020 as sales in industrialized countries decline or stagnate due to health concerns.

Coca-Cola has approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT), an environmental court in India, appealing against the decision of the UPPCB and has asked to be allowed to re-open its shut down facility. The NGT has not yet allowed the plant to reopen in the three hearings so far.

The closure of Coca-Cola's bottling plant comes at the peak of Coca-Cola's sales season in India, and the company has cited financial losses to the NGT as a reason for reopening the plant quickly.

Welcoming the closure of Coca-Cola's plant, Nandlal Master of Lok Samiti who has spearheaded the local campaign said, "We knew it was a matter of time before the government acknowledged the demands of the community. This is a great victory and a welcome confirmation that local communities can successfully take on big, powerful business..."

Coca-Cola has also been forced to shut down another bottling plant in India in 2004 — in Plachimada in the state of Kerala, and faces legislation holding it liable for $47 million in damages as a result of its operations. The company is also the target of a major community campaign in Kala Dera in Rajasthan where the community is seeking closure of the bottling plant due to rapidly depleting ground water. Most recently, Coca-Cola's plants to build a new factory in Charba in Uttarakhand were defeated almost as soon as the proposal was made public in 2013, testament to how quickly and efficiently communities can organize and network in India against problematic companies such as Coca-Cola.

"AAFP & Coca-Cola: Unhealthy Bedfellows" by Richard Bruno, MD and Orlando Sola, The Maryland familydoctor, Summer 2014
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"Since 2009 the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has had a financial relationship with the Coca-Cola company (TCCC), providing advertising space and consultation in creating what they define as "healthier" forms of sugar-sweetened beverages in exchange for contributions totaling over $1 million. This corporate sponsorship is justified by the argument it keeps membership fees down and assists in maintenance of services. For the past four years, students and residents - the future of family medicine - have requested that the AAFP Board of Directors end any relationship with corporations that are associated with products that contribute to poor health outcomes, thus aligning the AAFP's financial and public health priorities. The question continues to be raised in our minds as it should be in yours: How did we come to this alliance in the first place?"

Big Losses for Coca-Cola: July 7, 2014 Newsletter

Contents

  1. Spain: Coke Sales Plummet: Court Orders 821 Workers Re-instated with Back Pay
  2. India: Coke Hit with Heavy Losses as Communities Fight Back
  3. United States: Port Townsend Food Co-op Drops Honest Tea Over Coke's Abuses
  4. Nicaragua: Fighting Back Against Coke's Multi-million Dollar Rip-off
  5. Mexico: Coke Bottler's Holbox Island Land Grab Efforts Draw Ire
  6. American Academy of Pediatrics Falls Prey to Greed & "Insanity"
  7. Corporate Crime Reporter and IndiaCSR Report on 'Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola Co-opts Corporate Social Responsibility Movement'

 

"Coca Cola ordered to reinstate staff," Austrailian Associated Press, June 14, 2014
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A Spanish court has ordered US drinks giant Coca-Cola to reinstate more than 800 workers...who say the company has no right to cut jobs when it is making a profit.

Coca-Cola Iberian Partners, the regional branch of the US company, had planned 1,190 layoffs of which 821 had been carried out.

The National Court in Madrid...said the company had not adequately informed or negotiated with workers about the restructuring and had undermined their right to strike by hiring outside workers.

It ordered the company to reinstate the 821 and pay them their outstanding salaries.

Workers Unite! Film Festival Special Event

Films Exposing Coke's Abuses Against Children, Unionists & the Environment & NYU's Ties to Coca-Cola

Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Place: Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington Square South
New York City — Manhattan (wheelchair access at 243 Thompson St.)

General Agenda:

  • Announcing plans for the 'NYU Dump Coke Campaign 2014/2015'
  • Film shorts challenging Coke
  • Music by famous NYC Labor Chorus
  • Film: The Coca-Cola Case

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"Buying Respectability: Coca-Cola Co-Opts Corporate Social Responsibility Movement," Corporate Crime Reporter, April 22, 2014
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"In an open letter to the Calvert Group and the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR), Rogers challenges the groups' designation of Coca-Cola as 'socially responsible,' with detailed documentation of Coca-Cola's human rights, child welfare, and environmental abuses spanning decades...

" 'The scofflaw Coca-Cola Company is out of control and even its biggest cheerleaders and stockholders,Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, can't hide the damage their company is doing on a worldwide scale,' Rogers said."

Coca-Cola and the Secret Formula
A film by Olivia Mokiejewski

During this documentary shown on France 2 in January 2013, journalist Olivia Mokiejewski explained that she was a longtime Coke drinker who grew skeptical after hearing reports about the soda's potentially harmful effects. After not getting the answers she wanted through open-source channels, Mokiejewski bought shares of Coca-Cola in order to gain access to last year's annual general meeting, during which she was filmed asking Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent where the corporation gets its coca from, and why, for example, it continues to put so much sugar in its drinks and use artificial-coloring agents. From the looks of it, Kent was unamused.

Although France 2 receives more than 2.3 million Euros ( more than $3.1 million) in advertising from Coke, they still had the courage to run this film, "Coca-Cola Et La Formule Secrete (Coca-Cola and the Secret Formula), that is critical of the beverage company on a number of fronts.

Some of the film was shot at the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke headquarters and highlights some of the issues on which we have been working.

As you go on in the film to about 35:00, there is a conversation in Spanish and French. At the bottom of the video, you can choose "English" for the subtitles.

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Prominent Religious Leaders Call for NYU to Remove Coca-Cola Products & Board Member

March 17, 2014

Dear President Sexton and Members of the University Senate,

For some years now, members of the faith community have been aware of the terrible record of the Coca-Cola Company with respect to labor, human rights, and environmental issues. Coca-Cola, as you know, also plays a major role in the controversy surrounding childhood obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes epidemics.

We have recently learned that Barry Diller, a member of The Coca-Cola Company's Board of Directors, is also a member of NYU's Board of Trustees and a very large stockholder in Coca-Cola. As a board member and a stockholder, Mr. Diller himself, as well Coca-Cola, must be held accountable. NYU took the moral high road from 2005-2009 by removing all Coke products and banning the marketing of Coca-Cola beverages, but brought Coke back on campus based on false premises and in violation of the University Senate Resolution which led to its removal in the first place. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Diller purchased another $20 million of Coca-Cola stock and now owns some $160,000,000 worth.

Since Coca-Cola returned to NYU, there have been a number of books, reports, news articles, documentary films, lawsuits and websites documenting this company's sordid past and present criminal and other unethical conduct. Charges of Coca-Cola's complicity in violence against union leaders and members of their families in Colombia and the company's actions to prevent any legitimate independent investigation lead to Coke's ban in 2005. Since then the company has become embroiled in numerous other human rights lawsuits filed on behalf of current and fired Black and Latino workers for racial discrimination and for violence in Guatemala. The "New York Daily News" reported on lawsuits describing Coca-Cola plants in New York City and Westchester County as "cesspools of racial discrimination." NYU should once again remove all Coca-Cola products from campus indefinitely and publicly censure Mr. Diller or demand his resignation from NYU's board.

A campaign is growing among students, the faith community, and human rights groups to hold Coca-Cola accountable. I am available to discuss this matter with anyone at NYU or beyond.

Sincerely,

Rev. David W. Dyson
Pastor Emeritus, Lafayette Ave. Presbyterian Church

718-633-0171
ddysonlapc@gmail.com
Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
Senior Minister, Judson Memorial Church

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The Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, formerly at Coral Gables Congregational Church in Miami and before that at Yale University, is Senior Minister for the landmark Judson Memorial Church surrounded by New York University in Greenwich Village. She began this post in 2005 and will be ordained 40 years in 2014. As an elder, she is passionately concerned about leaving the next generation well prepared for all they have to face.

Schaper's purpose in life is to provide spiritual nurture for public capacity. She likes to "kick hope into high gear" and show people what is possible through the magnificence of human community strategically focused and spiritually filled. Her plan at Judson is to be a steward of an extraordinary legacy and to carry the church into the 21st century in terms of organization, vision, resources and courage. Writing about Rev. Schaper, The Huffington Post reported that, "A current project at Judson Memorial Church is the New Sanctuary Movement, a place where immigrants about to be detained or deported can be sheltered. She also works on 'Bailout', giving human beings a hand in a hard time. Bailout Theater meets every Wednesday at Judson with a free meal and great entertainment."

Schaper is no stranger to controversy, having led her Miami congregation through an institutional transformation that opened it to gays, Jews, anti-war protests and significant membership growth. Her 31 published books tell the tale of her interfaith marriage, her pioneer as an ordained woman, her quiet spirituality and noisy activism. One of the first women trained by Saul Alinsky, the founder of community organization strategies, Schaper has focused on issues of political and economic development and interfaith and open rituals, which support action for social change.

Rev. David Dyson, upon his retirement as pastor of Lafayette Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York in 2011, was described by The Brooklyn Paper as a "spunky Fort Greene pastor and labor organizer who transformed his church into a center for social justice." The article, "Rev. 'Call me Dave' Dyson retires at Lafayette Ave Presbyterian," says Dave made headlines in the church press by "openly flouting the Presbyterian's rule against hiring gays as church officers, an act that is considered "ecclesiastical civil disobedience."

Pastor Dave "pushed his members to fight for gay rights and worker's issues and rallied against the use of eminent domain to pave the way for Atlantic Yards." His labor activism included serving as a boycott coordinator for the United Farm Workers in California and driver and bodyguard for famed farm worker leader Cesar Chavez. After his work on the J P Stevens Boycott fighting for southern textile workers, Dave co-founded the National Labor Committee, which was instrumental in creating the anti-sweatshop movement. Later he served as Executive Minister of the Riverside Church.

When asked by The New York Times what he admired he responded, "Chavez, like King, was a deeply spiritual person, and both of them saw the figure of Jesus in both of their lives not as someone to be put on a pedestal and worshipped, but as someone to be followed, whose example should be followed. And who did Jesus hang out with? The oppressed and working class of his day."


WestView News March 2014

Correspondence, Commentary, Corrections

Dear Editor,

It's no secret that NYU's land grabbing schemes have upset many residents and NYU faculty. But other issues involving scandals and lack of ethics by administrators and board members continue to plague NYU and besmirch its reputation. Both President John Sexton and NYU Trustee Barry Diller have exhibited unbridled greed and dishonesty in the face of exorbitant tuition rates and reprehensible corporate crimes.

In 2005, NYU pledged to protect human rights by kicking Coca-Cola off campus in light of revelations of Coke's complicity in human rights abuses and ongoing cover-ups from Latin America to India and the U.S. NYU brought Coke back in 2009 because it embarrassed the old boys' network and didn't fit in with the interests of CocaCola board member Diller, who has amassed $160,000,000 of Coca-Cola stock. It's time for NYU to dump Coke, dump Diller and reaffirm its commitment to human rights and social justice.

Ray Rogers
KillerCoke.org

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ROCLA's Rice & Beans and White Dove awards ceremony 2014

ROCLA's [Rochester Committee on Latin America] 26th Annual Rice & Beans and White Dove Awards dinner was held on March 14, 2014 at the Gates Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY.

This year's White Dove award recipients were Ray Rogers, director of the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, and locally, the Rochester Labor Council, AFL-CIO, with Jim Bertolone accepting the award on behalf of the RLC.

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"The Video That Coca-Cola And McDonald’s Hope You Never See and You Should Watch NOW!" by Anna Lappe, March 10, 2014

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"Can you guess how much money the food industry spends marketing to kids? It’s a shocking amount, but here’s the thing — it’s not enough to just turn off the television. Now kids are marketed to on every platform, including sponsored ads on some school’s workbooks.

"If that’s not bad enough some companies like Coca-Cola and Pepsi are straight-up conning school communities to buy their products as ways to 'fund education'. Thankfully there are some valiants warriors fighting these food behemoths and saving generations to come. Find out more in my TEDx Talk 'Marketing Food to Children: Anna Lappe at TEDxManhattan'."

"Activists campaign to rid Binghamton University of Coca-Cola Co. and Reynolds Group products; Ray Rogers and Students Organizing Against Reynolds discuss alleged immoral business practices by soda giant" by Margaret-Rose Roazzi, Pipe Dream, March 14, 2014
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"In an attempt to get students to think twice about their soft drinks, activists spoke Thursday night about allegations of human rights abuses by the Coca-Cola and Reynolds companies.

"Ray Rogers, founder of Corporate Campaign, Inc., speaks to students Thursday night about the "Killer Coke" campaign. Rogers, an anti-Coca-Cola activist, claimed that the soda company has illegal and immoral business practices that harm its employees.

"Students Organizing Against Reynolds (SOAR) and Ray Rogers, the founder of Corporate Campaign, Inc., spoke about their mission to remove Coca-Cola Co. and Reynolds Group products from the campus.

" I drink a lot of Coke so I think I'm turned off now,' [Maggie] Walsh said. 'I don't think we should be putting a company that's clearly violating so many laws and supporting so many injustices into our campus and supporting that system.'

" 'It was so eye-opening,' [Jessica] Dunn said. 'I didn't know any of this stuff about Coke. I am so concerned, and I am definitely motivated to take some action.'

" 'Here is the issue of mandatory overtime,' [Kai Wen}Yang said. 'Right now, SOAR is demanding that mandatory overtime be ended, and workers ... should be able to control their working hours.' "

"SOAR, CCI seek to oust Coca-Cola on campus; Groups cite corruption and human rights violations of 'Killer Coke'" by Margaret-Rose Roazzi, Pipe Dream [University of Binghamton/SUNY], March 10, 2014
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"While most people consider drinking soda to be unhealthy, Students Organizing Against Reynolds (SOAR) and Corporate Campaign, Inc. (CCI) say Coca-Cola is a killer.

"SOAR and CCI will be hosting a presentation titled 'For a Reynolds- and Coke-Free SUNY Binghamton Campus' Thursday to raise awareness about the work conditions for employees of the Coca-Cola Company and Reynolds Group, a packaging company that works with the Coca-Cola Company...

" 'The Coca-Cola Company operates like a criminal syndicate with impunity,' Rogers said. 'They've operated like that in the past, and they're operating like that now, and any university that has Coca-Cola corrode its system like the University of Binghamton really has a major corporate criminal that they're promoting on their campus...'

"SOAR, a New York City-based organization, formed in 2012 to call for the end of mandatory overtime, workplace discrimination and union-busting in the Reynolds Group and its subsidiary, Pactiv Corporation.

" 'I joined SOAR because I agree with what SOAR is calling for, which is the end of mandatory overtime, or forced overtime works,' said Yang, a doctoral student studying sociology. 'Mandatory overtime and long working hours are not just issues of immigrant workers, but also issues that face graduating college students who are looking for a job & if they don't have one already & and by students who are taking up internship positions. Many interns are working long hours with no pay. To end mandatory overtime is to say that students, as workers, should also have the right to control their working hours.'

"Rogers said the University's association with the Coca-Cola Company and Reynolds Group makes the University itself seem corrupt.

" 'The culture that [the Coca-Cola Company and Reynolds Group] represent is corruption and a violation of human rights, and no University should want to be associated with that,' Rogers said. 'I give the students and faculty members that get involved so much credit when they raise these issues.' "

"Sugar adviser linked to Coca-Cola 'will not act' on UN guidance: Doctors and MPs accuse officials of 'immense arrogance' for ignoring suggested limits" by Sophie Borland, Daily Mail [UK], March 10, 2014
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"A radical UN recommendation to halve sugar intake will not be implemented in Britain says a Whitehall adviser on nutrition who has worked for Mars and Coca-Cola.

"Professor Ian MacDonald, head of a panel of health experts in charge of drawing up guidelines on sugar, said it will 'not act' on the World Health Organisation's proposal.

"The move led to fury yesterday as senior doctors and MPs accused officials of 'immense arrogance' for ignoring the suggested limit of six teaspoons a day, in the face of an obesity crisis that threatens to overwhelm the NHS...

"And campaigners last night accused Professor MacDonald - who only recently left the pay of the two fast food giants - of being 'in the pocket' of the sugar industry.

"He is one of six scientists on the panel of eight who have links to manufacturers of sugary foods...

" 'The problem is his research money is so dependent on these firms that you have to ask the question, is he in their pocket?' "

"SERAP Drags Coca-Cola, NBC To UN Over Harmful Drinks, Abuse Of Right To Health," Channels Television, February 26, 2014
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"Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has dragged Coca-Cola Limited and the Nigerian Bottling Company [NBC] Limited to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights over 'serious breaches of corporate responsibility to respect the right to health of Nigerians and the failure to provide effective remedies to victims...'

"SERAP's petition followed last week's disclosure by the Nigerian Consumer Protection Council (CPC) of cases of harmful drinks including two half-empty cans of Sprite, a product manufactured by the NBC under the license and authority of Coca-Cola Limited, and rusty bottle crown corks, rusty cans and foreign particles in products. The CPC also said that these companies have failed to put in place a Shelf Life Policy for their products in the country to facilitate the removal of expired products from the market...

" 'The human rights abuses by Coca-Cola and NBC illustrate the lack of explicit human rights policies by several companies operating in Nigeria and which have continued to contribute to the violations and abuses of the economic and social rights of millions of Nigerians. Even companies with human rights policies have failed and or neglected to effectively implement these policies for the sake of profit,' the organisation added."

"Keep Australia Beautiful and Coca-Cola crush container deposit schemes"
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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 17/02/2014
Reporter: Matt Peacock

"There are revelations that Keep Australia Beautiful has teamed up with their major donor Coca-Cola to help crush proposed container deposit schemes around Australia.

"Each year, Australians throw away an estimated seven billion cans and bottles which end up as litter or landfill. In a few weeks' time, Environment ministers are due to decide whether to introduce a national deposit scheme for drink containers to ensure this waste is recycled.

"Schemes already exist in South Australia and the Northern Territory, but industry, and in particular Coca-Cola, is fiercely resisting a national scheme and recently Coke has secured a surprising partner in opposing container deposits, the organisation Keep Australia Beautiful...

"Industry is bitterly opposed and last year the big bottlers, Coca-Cola, Lyon Nathan and Schweppes, temporarily froze a similar Northern Territory scheme with a successful Federal Court challenge. It sparked angry words from Clean Up Australia's founder outside Coca-Cola's Sydney headquarters.

"IAN KIERNAN, FOUNDER, CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA (2013): It was legislated for. And now we have a multinational [Coca-Cola] that is trying to overturn our democratic process. Say no to the product."

"University revisits past ban on Coca-Cola" By John Ambrosio, Washington Square News, February 12, 2014
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"Five years after NYU lifted its ban on Coca-Cola products, union activist and Corporate Campaign, Inc. director Ray Rogers brings the debate over the soft drink company's labor practices back into the public eye. Rogers sent a letter and a critical pamphlet to 130 university administrators last week, imploring them to reinstate the ban on Coke products.

" 'We are reaching out to you hoping that NYU will do the right thing again and remove all Coke vending machines and products from campus facilities,' Rogers said in the letter.

"Rogers said the ban, which lasted from 2005 to 2009, was placed due to accusations that Coke was committing human rights violations in Colombia. He said the embargo was lifted prematurely and at the behest of those with interests in Coke's profit margin in both his recent letter and on his website, Killer Coke.

"Specifically Rogers said, Arthur Tannenbaum, the University Senate member who introduced the resolution lifting the ban, attempted to protect the interests of Coke and Barry Diller, a member of both the Board of Coke and the NYU Board of Trustees..."

"Indian officials push to demolish 'illegal' Coca-Cola bottling plant, "January 25, 2014, RT.com
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"Officials in a province in northern India have promised to destroy a Coca-Cola bottling plant that has for years infuriated citizens in the area who claim the facility extracts more than its fair share of groundwater...

"Manoj Rai, the subordinate revenue administrative officer, said Friday that he expects to 'implement the demolition orders in a couple of days. There is no question of not following the order.'

"The Vansari plant is one of 58 Coke plants throughout India. However, its apparent propensity to extract too much groundwater and pollute soil in the area has inspired protests for years. One such event, in 2006, lasted for over three months and culminated with a hunger strike among the local population and activists demanding the plant cease operations.

"Along with polluting agricultural fields and bodies of water with toxins, the plant was reportedly responsible for lowering farm yields and consistently intimidating those who spoke out against it."

"The Unhealthy Truth Behind the Coca-Cola Label," January 23, 2014, Keeper of the Home, By Elsie Callender
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Problem 1: Phosphoric Acid
Problem 2: Sugar
Problem 3: Coloring
Problem 4: Artificial sweeteners
Problem 5: Caffeine

"Authorities Move to Evict Coca-Cola from Illegally Occupied Land: Government Finds Coca-Cola Guilty of "Land Grab," India Resource Center. Press Release, January 22, 2014
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"Coca-Cola has proposed to expand its production at its bottling plant in Mehdiganj five-fold, a move strongly opposed by the local communities because of the declining groundwater conditions in the area.

A British company, Mott MacDonald, claims to have finished construction of the expanded facility and some of the new construction is evidently on the illegally occupied land. Coca-Cola has not been able to begin operations in the expanded facility because it does not have all the required permits — primarily due to the objections raised by the community.

" 'We are looking forward to reclaiming the community-owned land that belongs rightfully to the people. We will not rest until Coca-Cola is evicted,' said Nandlal Master of Lok Samiti, the local community group that has been at the forefront of the campaign.

"The Supreme Court of India has also raised serious concerns regarding illegal land grabs of community held land by private parties. In a ruling dated January 28, 2011, the Supreme Court made it clear that any structures built on illegal land would have to be demolished, and also directed all 'State Governments in the country that they should prepare schemes for eviction of illegal/unauthorized occupants of Gram Sabha/Gram Panchayat/Poramboke/Shamlat land and these must be restored to the Gram Sabha/Gram Panchayat for the common use of villagers of the village...'

" 'Coca-Cola's land grab in India, as confirmed by government authorities, makes a mockery of their so called "zero tolerance" commitment towards land grabs. If Coca-Cola is serious, they should immediately return the community-owned land to the village council, as demanded by the government authorities,' said Amit Srivastava of the India Resource Center, an international campaigning group."

COKE-THE DRINK THAT REPRESSES WITH RAY ROGERS, January 11, 2014
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Corporate criminality is increasingly recognized because of blatant corruption like that revealed in the BP spill, JP Morgan and other banksters getting away with destroying the economy and Walmart's abuse of its employees, whose workers have to depend on tax money to meet their basic needs. What is less well known is that Coca-Cola is literally getting away with complicity in murder in Latin America.

COCA-COLA KILLS WITH RAY ROGERS, December 27, 2013
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Corporate power over US workers has tilted drastically toward corporations, resulting in devastation of workers rights, including the right to earn a decent living. This is the main reason for the decline in the living standards of workers and their families and a variety of destructive effects on American society, its economy, the environment and public health.

Americans are realizing the effects of corporate control of government, but outsourcing, deregulation and lack of accountability for harm to individuals and society do not compare to abuses of workers in other nations. Understanding what corporate executives do to their workers in other countries shows why we have to stand with them or suffer the same fate.

Coca-Cola shows the effects of unchecked corporate power...

This video briefly explains the history of aspartame, how this killer drug has been manipulated by donald rumsfeld, to destroy and cause illnesses in the world's population.

Janine Bancroft of CFUV radio the discusses the issues of kidnapping, torture and murder of union leaders in Coca-Cola's Latina American bottling plants. Her in-depth December 19, 2013 interview with Campaign to Stop Killer Coke director Ray Rogers is quite informative.

CFUV is located at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada.

"The Dark Side of Coca-Cola's Healthy Brands" By Ocean Robbins, December 5, 2013, Huffington Post
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"On November 22, Coca-Cola completed its acquisition of Zico Coconut Water. The company now owns a string of beverage brands marketed to people who like natural foods, including not just Zico but also Honest Tea, Odwalla, Simply Orange, and Vitamin Water...

"This means that natural foods consumers might be unknowingly contributing to the profits of, and supporting the policies and practices of, parent companies like Coca-Cola with whom they have profound disagreement...

"For example, the vast majority of natural foods consumers want Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to be labeled. GMO labeling is already mandatory in 64 nations including the entire European Union, and recent polls find it supported by 93 percent of the American public. But profits from the sale of Coca-Cola's healthier brands have been used by Coca-Cola to fight labeling efforts. It stands to reason that the company doesn't want the public to know that its soda pop is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup made from genetically engineered corn..."

"It turns out that sales of Honest Tea, one of the world's fastest growing organic and non-GMO brands, were joined by sales of Zico, Simply Orange, Odwalla, and Powerade, along with Coke itself, in helping to bankroll a secret scheme to keep GMOs from being labeled..."

Join the Coca-Cola brands boycott, and find out how you can get informed and take action, here. www.CokeBoycott.com

"Big Trouble for Coca-Cola" By Ocean Robbins, Novemeber 21, 2013, Huffington Post
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"Coca-Cola has been having a rough time....

"In October, campaign finance reports revealed that Coca-Cola had secretly contributed more than a million dollars to the fight against GMO labeling in Washington. It took the state's Attorney General suing <http://www.atg.wa.gov/pressrelease.aspx?id=31474> the Grocery Manufacturers' Association (GMA) for what turned out to be an $11 million violation of the state's campaign finance laws to reveal these secret contributions...

"Coca-Cola's CEO, Muhtar Kent, says 'We have... provided a tremendous amount of choice to people.' But when it comes to the right to know if your food was genetically engineered, Coca-Cola would apparently like to keep you in the dark. According to reports, Honest Tea co-founder Seth Goldman said as recently as September that 'after internal discussions,' Coca-Cola wouldn't be 'directly' funding efforts to defeat I-522. Apparently Coca-Cola thought that allegedly illegally laundering money through the Grocery Manufacturers' Association would keep their involvement a secret."

"Coca-Cola's Assault on Tap Water" by Andy Bellatti, Registered dietitian; StrategicDirector of Dietitians For Professional Integrity, Huffington Post, November 21, 2013
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"While public health advocates have sung the praises of tap water for years, Coca-Cola has been focusing on its own covert assault on the affordable, healthful, and refreshing beverage.

Unbeknownst to many in the nutrition and public health world, the soft drink giant launched a "Cap the Tap" program & aimed at restaurants & in 2010, described in the following manner on the Coke Solutions website :

"Capture Lost Revenue By Turning Off the Tap

" 'Every time your business fills a cup or glass with tap water, it pours potential profits down the drain. The good news: Cap the Tap & a program available through your Coca-Cola representative & changes these dynamics by teaching crew members or wait staff suggestive selling techniques to convert requests for tap water into orders for revenue-generating beverages...'

"It should not come as a surprise that the food and beverage industry will do whatever it can to maximize profits. However, a significant problem arises when this sort of campaign is created by a company that talks about its "commitments" to health and enjoys positive publicity from its partnerships with (or support of) health organizations, including theAcademy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Society of Nutrition, and The Obesity Society .

"The world's fattest major country consumes an astounding amount of Coca-Cola products" by Roberto A. Ferdman and Matt Phillips, November 5, 2013, Quartz
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"Soda is also a big problem. Mexico doesn't merely enjoy an occasional sugary carbonated drink--it downs the stuff like no other country. Mexico is the world's biggest per capita consumer of soft drinks. Mexicans drink more Coca-Cola products, for example, by a huge margin."

"THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR BODY WHEN YOU DRINK A COKE" by Daily Health Post on October 9, 2013
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"Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? Because it gets you high. They removed the cocaine almost 100 years ago. Why? It was redundant...

"60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

"60 minutes: The caffeine's diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you'll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.

"60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, you'll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You've also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth."

"ANARCHO FEMINISTS HIJACK COCA-COLA BANNER: NOSTALGICA SIGN STOLEN IN PROTEST OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS" by Daniel Leroy, The University of Ottawa's fulcrum, Oct 10, 2013
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"An activist group by the name of Anarcho Féministe Outaouais stole the Coca-Cola banner from Café Nostalgica on Sept. 25 and asked the Graduate Students’ Association (GSAÉD) to sever ties to the company.

"The group explained its motives in a letter sent to the GSAÉD, which runs Café Nostalgica.

“ 'We find it unacceptable that the student union, GSAÉD, accepts to be sponsored by a multinational guilty of serious anti-union practices and human rights violations,' the letter read...

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"GSAÉD explained the history of the Coca-Cola banner and the company’s relationship with the organization. Wolfe said the University of Ottawa administration had 'coerced' the Alumni Association to accept a campus-wide beverage exclusivity contract in 1998."

"Apple passes Coca-Cola as most valuable brand" by Hayley Tsukayama, Washington Post, September 30, 2013
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"Apple passed Coca-Cola to become the world's most valuable brand, according to a study from the brand consulting firm Interbrand. The survey found that Apple's brand value rose 28 percent in the past year. Coca-Cola, slipped to third place, behind Apple and Google after spending 13 years at the top of the list...

"While acknowledging that Apple has had a bumpy year, Interbrand said that the Cupertino, Calif., company's brand has 'remained steady'..."

"Coca-Cola deliverymen go on strike over alleged outsourcing plan" by Phila Siu, South China Morning Post, 04 October, 2013
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"Delivery workers at a Coca-Cola factory in Sha Tin went on strike yesterday, accusing their employer of paving the way to contract out their jobs so they could be paid less...

"They feared this was just the first step of the company's plan to contract out all workers, so they decided to go on strike, he said.

"Chan also complained of the employees' long working hours, sometimes up to 15 hours a day.

"Union president Don Chan Hing-lung added that the workload had increased by 50 per cent over the past five years."

Swire Coca-Cola HK deliverymen stop work over concerns about outsourcing, lower pay and long hours.
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"Coca-Cola and Pepsi's thirst for sugar 'helping drive hundreds out of their homes'" - Metro, 2 Oct 2013
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi are turning a blind eye to poor people 'violently evicted' from their homes to feed the world's sweet tooth, a charity claims.

Some of the biggest names in food and drink are not doing enough to stop poverty-stricken communities in Cambodia and Brazil being forced off their land, Oxfam alleges.

More than 450 families in Cambodia's Sre Ambel district were removed from land seized for a plantation, whose customers include Coca-Cola and Pepsi, according to the charity.

It also accuses the two fizzy drinks companies of ties to suppliers who have uprooted a fishing village and indigenous communities in Brazil.

"Junk foods' stealth attack via game apps" by Michelle Robingson, Stuff.co.nz, Sept. 30, 2013
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"In the battle for kids' loyalties, food companies are venturing into the world of game apps. McDonald's, Burger King, Coca-Cola and M&Ms are among companies using "advergames" to entice children to their products...

"... You can try to ride a rollercoaster without spilling Coke in the Ahh Coca-Cola game, or test your skills with Burger King's Cut The Rope adventure app."

"AMA not happy about Coca-Cola's health-washing letter to doctors: it won't happen again" by Melissa Sweet, Sept. 15, 2013, Crikey
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"...the Australian Medical Publishing Company (AMPCo) - a fully owned subsidiary of the AMA - enabled Coca-Cola's most recent health-washing campaign...

"To have AMPCo sending out this letter to doctors was not a good look for the AMA or its public health campaigning (Click on image for larger version).

"But it seems this is now something of a collector's item - that Coca-Cola won't be sending any more letters to health professionals via AMPCo."

"Why Coke is a Joke--New Ad Campaign Defends Aspartame," Top Information Post, Dr. Mercola, August 29,2013
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"Center for Science in the Public Interest's (CSPI) Executive Director Michael F. Jacobson issued the following statement in response to Coca-Cola's new ad:

" 'Aspartame has been found to cause cancer — leukemia, lymphoma, and other tumors--in laboratory animals, and it shouldn't be in the food supply.

" 'We certainly want Coca-Cola to shift its product mix toward lower- and no-calorie drinks, but aspartame's reputation isn't worth rehabilitating with this propaganda campaign. The company would be better off phasing out its use of aspartame and accelerating its research into safer, natural sweeteners such as those extracted from the stevia plant.' "

"Defending diet soda: Is artificial sweetener safe?" by 10 News Staff
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"NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) — Diet soda sales are dropping across the country. Last year, diet coke lost three percent. Diet Pepsi saw its numbers fizzle by more than twice that amount.

"Today, the Coca-Cola Company is out with a new ad promoting the benefits of artificial sweeteners in its soft drinks. But Griffin Hospital nutritionist Samantha Heller says people are wrong if they think diet sodas will help them lose weight.

"We don't believe so. If you look at the parallel rise of obesity and the use of artificial sweeteners in this country, it's pretty significant. And the artificial sweeteners appear to alter our neuro-biology in a lot of different ways that may increase our desire to eat more. So, I don't really think that they help with weight loss," she says.

"She recommends cutting back on your diet soda intake and drink seltzer instead, so you can still enjoy the fizz without the calories or the artificial sweeteners."

"Gay Rights Groups Target Coca Cola
"Gay rights groups have poured bottles of Coca Cola down the drain in a protest at Times Square in New York."

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"LGBT ACTIVISTS DUMP COCA-COLA IN TIMES SQUARE IN RESPONSE TO SOCHI 2014 SPONSORSHIP" BY JOSEPH EHRMAN-DUPRE, TOWLEROAD
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"Gay groups charge the beverage giant of sponsoring hate and will dump Coke into the street and will crush Coke cans to protest of the company's continuing silence on Russia's anti-LGBT law and to demand that it immediately withdraw its corporate sponsorship of the Games. Protestors will use the hashtag #DumpCoke on all social media channels.

" 'By sponsoring the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Coca-Cola is associating its brands with state-sanctioned gay-bashing,' said Queer Nation co-founder Alan Klein. 'Coca-Cola is sacrificing the safety and security of Russian LGBT people for profit - a position that opposes fundamental Olympic principles, runs counter to the International Olympic Committee charter, and that will tarnish its global image for decades to come.'

"Queer Nation's Klein added, 'Sponsoring the Games gives legitimacy to the host nation and that is exactly what Coca-Cola did when it sponsored the 1936 Games in Nazi Germany. We hope that Coca-Cola does not ignore its own history and does the right thing by refusing to support another regime that targets groups for hatred.' "

"Fat Chance: Diet Coke Fights Obesity?" by Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association, August 28, 2013
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"... the company that donated $1.7 million to defeat last year's GMO labeling initiative in California has gone from laughable to dangerous. In the wake of declining sales of its Diet Coke brand, Coke has rolled out an ad campaign carefully and deceptively crafted to convince consumers that aspartame, the artificial sweetener (whose patent was at one time owned by Monsanto) in Diet Coke, is a "healthy alternative" to sugar...

"The link between aspartame and increased weight gain is old news. So is the fact that aspartame, far from being a 'healthy alternative' to sugar or anything else, has for years been the focus of studies declaring it unequivocally unhealthy, and suggesting that it has no place in our food supply. Aspartame has been linked to brain cancer and to the accumulation of formaldehyde, known to cause gradual damage to the nervous system, the immune system and to cause irreversible genetic damage at long-term, low-level exposure...

"Coke is 'testing' its new ad campaign in Chicago and Atlanta. Let's tell Coca-Cola's CEO, Muhtar Kent, and other executives at Coke, that we don't appreciate their new ad campaign, and we'd like them to pull it immediately. Ads intended to pass for 'scientific articles' are an insult to our intelligence and a threat to the health of consumers."

"Take Action: Tell Coke to Stop Running Ads Claiming that Diet Coke and Aspartame are Healthy"
Organic Consumers Association, August 28, 2013
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Please sign this letter (lined). Tell Coke: Stop Running Ads Claiming that Diet Coke and Aspartame are Healthy

"The new campaign, being tested in the Atlanta and Chicago markets, takes the form of full-page advertisements disguised as public service announcements. The message? Aspartame is perfectly safe. It's better for you than sugar. Drinking Diet Coke will help you stay thin and healthy.

"It's not true. Multiple studies, including one published in 2010 by the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine have concluded just the opposite. Aspartame, they say, actually contributes to weight gain by stimulating your appetite. Other studies have revealed that aspartame increases carbohydrate cravings and stimulates fat storage and weight gain.

"Not only does aspartame lead to weight gain, but it's also far from being a 'healthy alternative' to sugar or anything else. For decades, aspartame has been the focus of studies declaring it unequivocally unhealthy, and suggesting that it has no place in our food supply. Aspartame has been linked to brain cancer and to the accumulation of formaldehyde, known to cause gradual damage to the nervous system, the immune system and to cause irreversible genetic damage at long-term, low-level exposure."

"CUNY to Dump Coca-Cola," Street Hype, July 19, 2013
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"The Campaign to Stop Killer Coke is reporting that the City University of New York (CUNY) will be completely Coca-Cola-free by August 14, 2013. According to the director of Corporate Campaign, Inc./Campaign to Stop KillerCoke, Ray Rogers this is a major blow to Coca-Cola and a huge victory for the campaign to 'Stop Killer Coke' and its supporters...

"On February 28, 2013, the Corporate Campaign delivered letters to Chancellor Matthew Goldstein and 17 members of the Board of Trustees. In addition, we met with leaders of theUniversity Student Senate.

"On May 20, 2013, seventeen thousand emails were sent out to CUNY faculty, staff and administrators and union leadership and staff. 'The support for our position was very strong among students, faculty, staff and the union,' [Ray] Rogers notes."

"Pepsi Wins Battle in Cola Wars: $21 Million CUNY Deal" by PATRICK McGEEHAN, The New York Times, August 13, 2013
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"The City University of New York, no stranger to campus skirmishes, has now taken a stance in the cola wars: 'no Coke, Pepsi.'

"Amid a campaign to persuade university administrators to ban Coca-Cola products, CUNY has given Coke's main rival, Pepsi-Cola, the exclusive right to distribute nonalcoholic beverages on all 24 of its campuses...

"In 2005, New York University banned Coke products from its campus for four years after students protested because of reports of the company's complicity in the murder of union leaders in Colombia.

"Citing that episode and complaints of discrimination by people who worked for the company in New York City, an anti-Coke campaign based in Brooklyn, the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, pressed CUNY officials to take similar action... [To read more about how we pressured CUNY to reject Coke's bid, go to: http://stopcokediscrimination.org/cuny-help-stop-racial-discrimination-at-coca-cola/]

"In May, the student senate at Brooklyn College passed a resolution to ban Coke there, said David J. Rosenberg, the president of the student government on that campus.

" 'The real drive behind that resolution was that we don't do business with corporations that have issues with human rights and workers' rights,' Mr. Rosenberg said...

"Mr. [Ray] Rogers said losing out at CUNY would be a blow to Coke because the university was one of the biggest in the country. CUNY has about 270,000 students seeking degrees on campuses of varying sizes, including Hunter College, City College of New York and the College of Staten Island. It has about an equal number of students in continuing education and adult courses, and about 40,000 faculty and staff members & a total audience of more than half a million people...

"Coca-Cola did not respond to requests for comment on Tuesday..."

WBAI Interview with Ray Rogers August 3, 2013 Regarding Banning Coca-Cola from the CUNY Campuses

Coca-Cola, Tax Evasion & the SEC's 'Revolving Door'

July 31, 2013 Killer Coke Newsletter

  1. Is the SEC Shielding Coca-Cola from the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke?
  2. Coke's Tax Evasion & Tax Avoidance Hurting the U.S., Mexico, Vietnam & The Philippines
    1. United States
    2. Mexico
    3. Vietnam
    4. The Philippines

Coke Has a Bloody Past and Present

Illustrated by Richie Velazquez, Southern California

"UK Bans Coca-Cola Ad Showing You How To Burn Off Calories From Soda" by Chris Morran, Consumerist, July 22, 2013
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"Earlier this year, Coca-Cola began running TV ads here and in the UK showing you all the fun activities you could do to burn off the extra calories you consumed while chugging down a Coke. But regulators overseas have since banned one version of the ad saying it misled viewers into thinking they could work off a can of soda with a lot less exertion than is actually required."

"Coca-Cola likely to face class action" from Reuters, July 18, 2013

"A U.S. federal judge has recommended that Coca-Cola Co face a class action lawsuit accusing it of misleading consumers by overstating the health benefits of its Vitaminwater drink...

"The group accused Coca-Cola of deceptively marketing Vitaminwater as an alternative to water and sugared soft drinks that could promote healthy joints, boost the immune system and help people fight eye disease, among other health benefits."

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"Is the SEC Shielding Coca-Cola from Whistleblower Ray Rogers? - Press Release, June 25, 2013
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"Ray Rogers, Director of Corporate Campaign, Inc./Campaign to Stop Killer Coke, is challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over the revolving door syndrome between the agency and the corporations it is mandated to oversee. Additionally, Mr. Rogers questions if the SEC is trying to shield The Coca-Cola Company from being exposed and held accountable for worldwide labor, human rights and environmental abuses."

"Another Silly Coca Cola Ad," Diet Doctor, June 14, 2013
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"What do you do if you're trying to sell the most unhealthy product in the universe?

"You do what Coca Cola is doing. You try to fool your customers. In their new "Calorie Dictionary" ad they're really hoping that nobody stops to think."

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"McDonald's and Coke should not sponsor dietitian association, petition says" by Monica Eng, Chicago Tribune, June 17, 2013
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"Protesting what he sees as a too-cozy relationship between the nation's top dietitian group and big food corporations, Nevada dietitian Andy Bellatti today launched a petition urging the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to sever its financial ties with 'junk food companies ...'

" 'For years, the Academy has formed shocking partnerships with the very companies that have contributed to the many health problems faced by millions of Americans,' his petition states. 'Do you think multi-billion dollar junk food companies like Coca-Cola, McDonald's,PepsiCo or Hershey's are reliable sources of information on healthy eating? Probably not, yet they sponsor professional events for & and educate & the people you turn to for credible advice.'"

India: "Chharba panchayat holds rally against Coca-Cola plant"
The rally, which began from Chharba, proceeded to the nearby Dak Pathar and later dispersed after traversing 20 km
By Shishir Prashant, Business Standard, New Delhi/Dehradun, May 29, 2013

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"Scores of villagers in Chharba today held a rally against the proposed Rs 600-crore Coca-Cola bottling plant, which the government claims will bring prosperity in the region...

"Suresh Bhai of 'Nadi Bachao Andolan' also expressed concern over the plant. 'The people in Uttarakhand are facing acute shortage of water. There is a hue and cry everywhere. In this context, providing drinking water should be the first priority (of the government). This should be done by the government in partnership with village panchayats. Instead of this, the government is providing water and forests to Coke without any good reason,' said Suresh Bhai."

India: "Coca-Cola Expansion Plan Opposed in Mehdiganj, India; Community Seeks Rejection of Coca-Cola's Application," India Resource Center, March 7, 2013
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"Coca-Cola India's plans to expand its production capacity at its bottling plant in the village of Mehdiganj in the state of Uttar Pradesh have been opposed by local community members and allies...

"Coca-Cola's rainwater harvesting programs in India-which started only after the protests - are lackluster and do not work adequately. Coca-Cola has continually misrepresented the science and logic behind its water conservation projects to make fantastical claims of 'water neutrality', and the company's claims are nothing more than greenwash to deflect attention away from the water crisis it has caused in Mehdiganj and other parts of India...

"One of India's largest NGOs, the Energy and Resources Institute described Coca-Cola's rainwater harvesting structures in 2008 as 'dilapidated' and cast doubt on the company's claims of having achieved 'water neutrality'...

"Even Coca-Cola company officials at the bottling plant in Mehdiganj have admitted failure of their much touted rainwater harvesting initiatives, telling the Central Ground Water Board in 2012 that "its desired impact is not visible in the area."

"Coca-Cola's continued insistence that it replaces the water that it uses-with no actual measurements and with no regard for the localized nature of watersheds-is outlandish. "If Coca-Cola is so confident that it harvests more water than it uses, then why not use rainwater alone to meet all its water needs?" said Nandlal Master of Lok Samiti, a local group that has documented Coca-Cola's dysfunctional water conservation projects in the area and led the campaign against Coca-Cola...

" 'With such a rapidly depleting aquifer, it is better to err on the side of caution. Allowing Coca-Cola to mine for water from deep depths will very likely mean that there is no water for future generations. This goes against the principles of sustainable development. Instead of relying on Coca-Cola's dubious water recharging claims, the right thing to do would be to not allow further excessive groundwater use in the first place. Coca-Cola's expansion must be rejected,' said Amit Srivastava of the India Resource Center."

Vietnam: "Why consumers in Vietnam are calling for a ban on Coke," Campaign Asia-Pacific, By Byravee Iyer, May 28, 2013
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"A video released earlier this year, part of a boycott campaign against the beverage company, tells the story of a young girl suffering from leukemia. Her health insurance doesn't cover medical expenses, and she cannot afford adequate care because companies like Coca-Cola won't stop evading tax, according to the widely shared video."

Vietnam: "Vietnamese boycotting Coca-Cola on the suspicion about transfer pricing," Vietnam.net, May 6, 2013
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The information that Coca-Cola has not paid any dong in tax over the last 10 years of operating in Vietnam has raised a wave of anger among Vietnamese.

" 'I have decided not to drink Coca-Cola any more. I feel I need to do so. We should not accept an investor who enriches in Vietnam, but does not pay tax to Vietnam,' a doctor wrote on his Facebook.

"In fact, Coca-Cola has fallen under suspicion of evading tax for the last many years because it has been continuously declaring loss over the last many years, since the day it began operation in Vietnam...

"It is estimated that the sum of tax evaded by Coca-Cola over the last 10 years may reach trillions of dong, because Coca-Cola is holding the biggest drink market share in Vietnam with very big volumes of products consumed every year. [One trillion dong = $47,652,766]

"Vo Duy Khuong, Vice Mayor of Da Nang City, in an interview given to Tuoi tre newspaper in January 2013, said that he frankly said to Coca-Cola's representative at a meeting that the city's authorities won't let it to expand business in the locality because of the behavior of conducting transfer pricing, that makes the city fail to collect tax from enterprises...

"Meanwhile, local newspapers have found out that Coca-Cola still has not used up the land area of 40,000 square meters allocated to it before, but it still demands more land.

"The refusal by the Da Nang City's authorities has been applauded by the public. People believe that this is a necessary treatment to the investors who only try to make profit for themselves and ignore their duty of paying tax."

"With factory gates locked and operations paralyzed, Coca Cola striking workers brace up for impending dispersal," PAMANTIK - KMU, May 21, 2013
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"The union filed their notice of strike on March 22, 2013 based on the company's unfair labor practices.

"The filing was followed by their stroke voting, wherein 262 out of 267 union members agreed to go on strike.

" 'The workers who toil every day for Coca Cola to take home billions of profits have been experiencing the worst working conditions under the 99%-Coca-Cola-owned Red System agency. As drivers, forklift operators, and pickers who ensure the safety and orderly release and delivery of finished products, the suffering we have endured has reached its limit.' Added [union President Fernando] Avellino.

"Drivers, who have been in service for 10 to 18 years, are paid on a per-delivery basis, with an average of P4000 for every pay date. Taxes, social service contributions, and the like are automatically deducted from their measly salary. Deliveries, they say, are long and exhausting, consuming 18 hours to and fro the factory. Delivery shortages are likewise deducted.

"Forklift operators and pickers, also in service for more than 10 years, who are in-charge of loading and unloading products for delivery work on a 12-hour shift from 6am to 6pm, receive only 3 hours worth of overtime pay. Lunch breaks are limited, where workers are often pressured to finish their lunch within 30 minutes. They are required to explain for any minute in excess.

"The absence of health and safety standards such as the company's obligation in providing restrooms is also one of the workers' main issues. Company clinics are unable to provide for their medical needs, and ill workers are forced to work and sent a 'notice to explain' once unable to perform and reach their quota...

"Subsequently, the management reduced the number of company trucks used by union members from 121 to 62. Fabricated charges were increasingly filed against union members and officers...

" 'We are all fed up with Coca Cola's greed and cruelty, and we know our strike is the only way to save our dignity. We will defend our ranks no matter what.' Ended Avellino.'

"An Inside View To Coca Cola's Share Holders Meeting" by Tim Franzen, American Friends Service Committee, Occupy Our Homes
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In the photo from left to right are: B. Wardlaw, large Coke shareholder and supporter of Campaign to Stop Killer Coke; former Coke employee Jeffrey Wright; Tim Franzen, Occupy Our Homes, and Ian Hoffmann, Corporate Campaign, Inc.

Ray Rogers challenging Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent about racial discrimination and Cheating Workers in Mexico at the 2013 Annual Shareholders Meeting held April 24th in Atlanta, GA.

B. Wardlaw introducing a resolution he sponsored calling for Coca-Cola to establish a Board Committee on Human Rights. The compan 's Board of Directors opposed the resolution but it garnered more than 3.5% of the votes and thus should appear on next year's agenda as well.

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Rebecca Neubardt, Mt. Holyoke College Student and Corporate Accountability Activist Challenging CEO Muhtar Kent on the bottled water issue.