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It’s the Environment, Stupid

  • Joe Whitworth


In the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, the Pollution Control Board recently ordered Coca-Cola to shut down its bottling plant, claiming aquifer levels at the factory were critically low and that Coca-Cola had failed to get permission to use the area’s groundwater. The order, which the world’s biggest soft drink maker has appealed, followed a similar decision a decade earlier to shut down a Coca-Cola bottling plant in the southern Indian state of Kerala after residents there complained it was draining and polluting local water supplies. In other parts of India, too, Coca-Cola’s bottling plants have faced opposition because of rapid water depletion. Amit Srivastava of India Resource Center, which led the campaign to close the Uttar Pradesh bottling plant, explained, “Coca-Cola’s business strategy has put its plants near its big markets: the cities. That means it’s putting itself in competition with local people and farmers.”


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