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New Book Exposes the Dirty Truth Behind Coca-Cola: Accusations of Murder and Environmental Destruction


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Coke has been accused of violence against union members in South America, water pollution overseas, and contributing to child health problems. Is it true?



   

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Carol H (229)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 5:12 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Kris B (136)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 7:43 am
So many big corporations have controlled things in the past. They tell us how to think about them with false ads and a large pr department. The world is learning and changing. We now have information from around the world in moments. You can't fool the people and hide the dirty deeds any more.
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 10:10 am
Thanks Cal
 

. (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 10:45 am
oh golly i am so surprised --

None of this is new -- Coke has been known to be less than ethically inclined -- to put it mildly -- for years. The only surprise is why it took so long for a book to come out about it.

Coke -- it's the real thing.
 

Marco Silva (9)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 12:37 pm
The bigger profit companies get, the bigger their trail. Can't hate them but this isn't what people where born for.
Enjoy.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 12:49 pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqmEXUiklJ0
 

Lidia E F (8)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 12:50 pm
While I never got that warm fuzzy feeling,I loved coke.But after reading this I don't believe I want to promote murder and polution.I might turn to pepsi.This shouldn't come as any surprise as big corporations are cold and ruthless and will do just about anything for an extra buck.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 12:56 pm
Why boycott coca cola? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JpFUyUkNaE
 

Nancy sands (448)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 1:22 pm
I guess they won't teach the world to sing!
 

(0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 2:01 pm
not surprising
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 2:23 pm
Coca Cola rots teeth, cleans motor engines, makes kids hyper and brings numerous health problems to those that consume massive quantities of the product - like my niece.
 

Linda Thompson (16)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 2:24 pm
cORPORATION'S BOTTOM LINE IS MONEY- AND THEY WILL DO ANYTHING TO GET IT,SADLY.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 3:35 pm
Corporations take over and people die. Just look at our government for fine examples of corporate interference with the health and welfare of a people.
 

Alicia N (87)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 4:21 pm
Noted with thanks. Have an amazing day.
 

Janice P (55)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 4:35 pm
This book sounds like a "must read" to me. Frankly, I cannot say that I am surprised. Coca-Cola, just like every other multi-national corporation, has one main objective: money. Never mind who gets hurt in the process. Shameful.
 

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 5:24 pm
Terrible. Glad I rarely drink soda.
 

Anne K (139)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 5:25 pm
Lynn C. - You cannot currently send a star to Lynn because you have done so within the last week.

Thanks Cal.
 

Sonny Honrado (5)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 5:56 pm
I guess I have to limit my drinking of sodas.
 

Diane Thomas (0)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 6:10 pm
I just read this article out loud to my husband. It is appalling. Two of my husband's brothers in law worked for Coca Cola in Oakland, California, for years. They would no doubt go completely pale over the information Michael Blanding as revealed in his book, if they were still alive today. I told my husband, "Never buy coca cola again. Never" to which he replied, "Nope. Let 'em go broke". Amen to that.
 

Jacqueline Carmichael (5)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 6:12 pm
But Coke is good for cleaning your pennies lol!
Never mind obesity - what about your teeth! It's amazing that so many people in the US have such perfect smiles seeing what soda does!
Queen Victoria used several now illegal drugs - cocaine apparently took the edge off childbirth and old Vicky would know!
 

Bonnie A (76)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 6:26 pm
Yup! Right up there with Monsanto, Cargill, and ADM.
 

Hugh M (75)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 6:32 pm
Great post Cal. This is the kind of information we need to shake ourselves free of the culture of unprincipled greed. People in charge of these massive enterprises have only one ethic, make money. The effects of their products on the lives of people has no interest to them. As for the workers who make it possible for the product to be produced, their principle is to pay as little as possible and avoid any expenses such as pension funds. They are cold-hearted immoral people who have no idea of the relevance to their own life of the word 'ethics'. We can make it relevant by demanding that company ethics change to include real caring as an underlying principle that must be followed in order to continue to have a licence to sell the product Without evidence of real caring the company should be forced into liquidation or handed over to overseers who check every facet of operation against ethical principles.
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 6:35 pm
I will not not drink Coke because of inhumane rodeos. I cannot see rodeo as a sport because so many horses & broncos, plus baby calves & foals, are clearly in pain. You see video after video of animals who are are terrorized & who suffer in pain until they die.
 

Joy M (168)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 7:01 pm
Thank goodness i don't drink coke or any other soda..how do they get a licence to sell that stuff in the first place? some one is not doing their job...
 

Sharon S (8)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 7:15 pm
noted. I have like Pepsi better for decades. Only during a really bad bout o diarrhea did a pharmicist friend of my husband tell us that Coke Classic has the same ingredient as in PeptoBismol, etc. He said to sip a warm coke classic. It took a couple of days and I was better and have stayed with coke as I have tummy issues. Now I will keep antacids on hand and go back to Pepsi.. They better stay corrupt free or I will drop them, also. I hate money-mongers and greedy, nasty people.
 

Sylvie M (46)
Tuesday October 12, 2010, 7:32 pm
"Nothing new under the sun", unfortunately. But thanks for sharing this reminder anyway!
 

KAREN L (10)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 12:56 am
The Coca-Cola company is responsible for so many things now not imaginable!!! thanks for the article
 

Edward M (8)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 2:50 am
People who didn't know these facts were not following the World's news.
 

Thomas H (37)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 6:41 am
Another Corporate Master devastating indigenous peoples all around the Globe. It's the American Empire at work.
 

Elizabeth D. (0)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 6:46 am
I banned coke products when I learned of their sponsorship of cruel rodeo 'sport'.
 

liz j (53)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 12:54 pm
Noted and not surprised... And those of you who are considering switching to Pepsi? Do you think they will be any different?. Just give up the 'fizzy stuff' you don;t need it.. In fact, it is positively BAD for you. All that sugar...
 

Paul Harrison (26)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 1:11 pm
Not Surprised in the least! I am soooo Glad I stopped drinking soda 18 years ago. infact Back then,I never liked coke!
 

Paul Harrison (26)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 1:12 pm
Oh!! Yea,Noted!

Peace
 

Luciana D (30)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 1:28 pm
Corporation's mafia ?
 

April Thompson (2)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 3:43 pm
Noted!
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 4:16 pm
Noted , thanks !!
 

Sharon F (0)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 5:26 pm
I toured a brewery in another state today and came away very aware of the high environmental cost of beer. The same factors would apply to sodas and all soft drinks with limited or no nutrient value. Too much water, electricity, distribution, mfg of bottles & cans, packaging (boxes, shrink wrap, etc).

All citizens of the Earth need to be more aware of the environmental cost of everything. ULS - use less stuff.
 

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 7:28 pm
I will not drink Coke product because Coca Cola sponsors cruel & abusive rodeos.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 9:17 pm
One thing is true, for certain. The Pepsi and Coke collaboration has worked miracles. They are like the Democrats and the Republicans. They keep any competition at a great distance and share the profits.

Adults, who give children pop (soda) should be labeled as abusers. The evidence is in; it destroys calcium and the corn syrup is a major contributor to obesity. If kids are drinking pop (soda), they are not drinking milk or water, which is far superior.

If adults choose to ruin their health, that is their choice. My mother was not permitted to drink pop, as a kid and we never had it in our home, growing up, except for parties. NEVER, and I mean NEVER could we drink it with our food, at any meal.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 9:58 pm
Thanks for post.
 

Justin R (0)
Wednesday October 13, 2010, 11:14 pm
Never liked it, also as Gloria mentioned, they are sponsors of rodeos. Anyone assoiacted with such idiotic entertainment is not worth a penny of mine.

Great posts!
 

Fran F (116)
Thursday October 14, 2010, 1:06 am
I'm looking forward to reading this book. I stopped buying Coke products when reports came out out about the suicides of farmers in India due to the depletion of the water tables. I did drink Dasani in a hotel room once, not realizing at first it was a Coke product. It only made me thirstier due to the sodium they add to try to make you buy more of it. When I've seen people drinking it at concerts, I've sometimes asked if they realized it has sodium added. No one did, and most of them thanked me for telling them.
 

David J (18)
Thursday October 14, 2010, 7:04 am
Reading this article I kept thinking, "you can substitute the name WalMart for Coke, just about the same crap. It is sad but I think all of the large corporations do the similar things. "Money Talks and BS walks"

As far as the bottled water, this is just slick marketing by the soft drink companies, think about it: They use the same bottles they already have, put on a new label, use the same filtered water, already have the bottling equipment, do NOT put in the syrup, sell it at the same price as the soft drink and make a higher profit. It is just convenience. It's much easier to just purchase pre-bottled water than clean out a reusable cup/bottle, then have to fill it and keep track of the reusable one. It does serve a purpose when quantities of water need to be distributed but the premium water is a joke, for the most part. I'm not sure lately but in past testing in NY, they had blind taste tests, by real people, of many different waters. One being NYC tap water. NY water won by a good percentage. It's all in the marketing.

I'm not sure what the answer is but books have been written about horror stories concerning many large corporations but just for an example people still drink Coke and shop at WalMart.
 

Bonnie B (103)
Thursday October 14, 2010, 5:40 pm
"In fact, a lot of the lessons about how and why the company does what it does and how people have ultimately been able to hold Coke accountable are just as applicable to BP or Halliburton or other major corporations." I think ithis is an important quote. When corporations get this big the human equation goes out the window. Corporations are NOT people (no matter what the Supreme Court says) nd they indeed become a machine the mows everything down that gets in its way. That's why buying from local merchants that rely on their own well being from the community they live in is so important.
Thanks for mentioning water, David J. Bottled water has to be the best scams ever thought up by these corporations! And gullible people all over the world fell for it hook, line and sinker!
It will indeed be interesting to see what happens as these guys realize we are on to them! Thanks, Cal!
 

Erika L (3)
Friday October 15, 2010, 6:15 am
Multinational corporations all too often function above the law and don't let anything stand in the way of their objectives. Coke is far from the only one doing great evil in the world, especially among the most vulnerable.
 

Aneta J (0)
Friday October 15, 2010, 10:13 am
noted thanks
 

Lika P (130)
Monday October 18, 2010, 1:52 am
I'm sorry, but that whole site where the coke article sits feels like a radical news post to me. I'm a liberal, yes, but at the rate that spot is going, paranoid conspiracy theory led by the NeoCons and endorsed by the GOP are going to get us all killed in the next 20 years.

If coke is so vile in Mexico, why is it the Mexican's favorite drink? Seems odd they'd support a company that's ruining their country. I'm not buying this one, sorry.
 

Klaus Peters (14)
Tuesday October 19, 2010, 4:04 am
I never touch Coke! Thank you very much.
 
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