Nestle Stoops to New Low, Launches Barge to Peddle Junk Food on the Amazon River to Brazil’s Poor
Last month Nestlé announced that it, the world’s largest food company, would soon start delivering its products to the far reaches of Brazil. But not in the usual way, through a distributor, which in turn delivers products for sale in actual stores. Rather, the plan is to sell to customers directly from its own ship. Full article here
Comment: Although more related to malnutrition and not general eating habits of the poor, Project Peanut Butter’s Ready to Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs) are of worthy mention. They work with USAID, Doctors Without Borders, The Clinton Foundation, UNICEF, Save the Children, and Concern Worldwide (all listed here). However, it is surprising how much of a somewhat low profile they have when they are associated with such a major global need. In 2009, the Earth Intelligence Network identified the connection-need between Project Peanut Butter and the Malnutrition Surveillance Project (plus the Moringa Tree leaves to be used in food aid) and contacted UNICEF and those associated with the Malnutrition Surveillance Project team but did not receive any clear feedback about these ideas. Another inquiry was sent to UNICEF today.
+ Report: The 2008 Copenhagen Consensus ranked micronutrient supplements as the top development priority out of more than 40 interventions considered.
+ Moringa tree leave nutrients and this recent report on its water filtration qualities
+ Review (Guest): The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick – And What We Can Do About It