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Consumers Informed By the Internet Are Forcing Social Responsibility on Big Food Manufacturers

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In August alone, the world's largest food company by revenue, Nestle SA (VTX:NESN), imposed an extensive regime of strict new animal-welfare safeguards on its 7,300 meat, poultry, egg and dairy suppliers. McDonalds, Nestle, Kellog must change.

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Heidi Walderra (162)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:36 pm
Noted. Thank you Betsy.

Autumn S (151)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:37 pm
noted and will share, thanks for posting this Betsy

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:44 pm

Kit B (276)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:07 pm

There really is no sound or safe way to produce palm oil, no matter what is done, the forests are destroyed to make way for palm plants. Nestles claims they will clean up their factory farms, poultry being one of many consumer complains. I will believe it when I see incontrovertible proof over many years. Factory farms are by their existence wrong.

Artur B (135)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:41 pm

Angelika R (143)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:41 pm
Agree with Kit!
But this is one more reason to maintain net neutrality-and could perhaps be part of the reason corporations want to push consumers on the slow lane to shut us up.. Thx Betsy
Corporations are evil by nature and will remain that way, period.

Jo S (619)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:45 pm
Noted & shared. It all comes down to the almighty buck with these big companies. It's disgraceful!
Thanks Betsy.

Sheila D (194)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:47 pm
Noticed nothing has been mentioned about GMOs in our food or labeling GMOs...Thanks Betsy.

Anette S (22)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 3:22 pm
Wait and see - Deeds are better than words....

Shelli S (374)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 3:31 pm
Hmmm...All that comes 2 mind is smoke & mirrors...Thanks Betsy.

Anne F (17)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 3:37 pm
Interesting to see a summary of changes - for me I am well pleased that my grandchildren's generation has good pureed food, rather than the smushed together concoctions of years past.

Ruth McD (843)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 3:58 pm
Thanks for sharing this so important information Betsy. I have 2 grandgirls, and don't of course wanting them to be eating harmful substances. So sad we have to worry what we are eating. Noted.

Graca T (46)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 4:19 pm
Social responsibility starts at home!.. . When we make an informed and conscientious effort to stop supporting these awful corporations and each and everyone boycotts these evils of society, they will cease to exist..Just like that!... We are all drops in the vast Ocean; so I say it again. Social responsibility starts at home.. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

Freya H (357)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:21 pm
Now maybe we can force companies to pay workers a decent wage, chip in their fair share of taxes, admit that climate change is real, et cetera. Maybe I'm being overly optimistic, but hey, you never know what works. Social Media has certainly opened my eyes.

Stevie A (10)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 5:35 pm
Noted, shared with comment. Thank-you, Betsy for the information.

David C (131)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 6:19 pm
noted, thanks.

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 7:21 pm
Good idea.

Hard for some of them since their practices are not really sustainable -- eg deforestation to raise a lot of meat.

Kay M (46)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 8:24 pm
Good Evening and thank you for the article - was good reading -Sincerely Kay M.

Meil Raine Martin (31)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 8:28 pm
Noted. Thank you for sharing the information.

Judy T (227)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 9:14 pm
Noted. Big Food companies have messed up so badly already that I'm very skeptical about what they say. I'll believe about the changes when I see them. Thanks, Betsy!

JL A (281)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 9:53 pm
Lipservice represents a change in perception about what the market demands. Now to monitor the follow through for the words to represent reality. Thanks Betsy.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 29, 2014, 1:44 am
This article shows that social sites and protests can make a big difference in the attitudes of big corporations,Thanks for the article Betsy.

Past Member (0)
Friday August 29, 2014, 3:26 am
TY B. B. ~~~

noted & shared on FB

Birgit W (160)
Friday August 29, 2014, 3:43 am
Thanks for sharing Betsy.

Sandra Penna (135)
Friday August 29, 2014, 4:25 am
thanks for sharing, Betsy.

Animae C (516)
Friday August 29, 2014, 4:40 am

Will they stop testing on Animals?!

Gene Jacobson (290)
Friday August 29, 2014, 9:18 am
"But in 2014 hardly anyone batted an eye, as perceptions of corporate social responsibility have evolved: What was seen as progressive became first de rigueur and then almost commonplace."

Well, I hope all this activism has real effect. I don't want a shell game which is what companies like Monsanto play on consumers. I want all my food labeled so I know if GMO's are in it in any amount. And I really, really hope we can force Monsanto and its kind to mend their evil ways and put people before dollars, the sooner the better; and to accept good stewardship as their personal responsibility. I know, a bit pie in the sky with that one. But if you don't reach for the brass ring you will certainly never grab it.

Craig Pittman (52)
Friday August 29, 2014, 9:22 am
Thanks Betsy. Corporations exist to make a profit period. Ethics are not part of the equation unless public pressure is applied to the point where the corporations will duck, bob, and weave to ensure their 'bottom line" is not adversely effected. Solution: wherever possible bypass Corporations and purchase food directly from the farmers who grow it.

Sheila D (194)
Friday August 29, 2014, 9:55 am
The biggest problem is that most people do not have the option of buying their food from the growers. They have only the corporate grocers to rely on and we all know where they stand.

Gene, without dreams there is no hope...

Katie and Bill D (107)
Friday August 29, 2014, 10:25 am
When it comes down to it all we choose what we want!
These Companies know this now and it scares them!
Oh they will have to change things.
Good article.
Thank you Betsy

Abo r (107)
Friday August 29, 2014, 3:37 pm
Noted. Thank you Betsy.

Eternal Gardener (745)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 2:57 am
Thank goodness for that!

Karen Gee (97)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 5:38 am
Noted TY

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 8:50 am
Thanks, Betsy

mary f (202)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 9:41 am
thanks Brtsy very informative as always

Margaret G (243)
Saturday August 30, 2014, 11:11 am
It's good that Nestle seems to be at least trying.

Now, they should stop bottling water taken from drought stricken California. I've heard that Nestle is also taking a lot of water from Maine, to the point where Maine's residents are getting upset.

Sherry Coleman (71)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 3:00 am
Noted. Thanks for posting. What about GMO labelling ?

Mandi T (375)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 11:44 am
Noted with thanks Betsy

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday October 21, 2014, 6:47 pm
As usual, its still about the bottom line, but hey its a start
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