Right to water and water grabbing: the case of Osceola Township (Michigan)

Osceola Township

Osceola Towhnship, February 4, 2018 – Global food conglomerate Nestle is in a battle with critics in tiny Osceola Township, Michigan where residents complain that the Swiss company’s water extraction techniques are ruining the environment.

Ms Maryann Borden, a retired teacher who has lived in the western Michigan town since 1953, has photos documenting changes in the Twin Creek river since Nestle began pumping water in the region in the early 2000s for its “Ice Mountain” brand of bottled water.

“It’s not the same creek,” Ms Borden, 73, told Agence France-Presse. “It’s narrower and deeper and therefore warmer”, compared with the “biting cold” water of her youth.

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