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Boycott Nestlé

ID Number: 7706
Maker: Rachael Romero; San Francisco Poster Brigade; Inkworks Press; Third World Institute; Infant Formula Action Coalition (INFACT)
Technique: offset
Date Made: 1978
Place Made: United States; United States: California, San Francisco
Measurements: 58 cm x 44 cm; 22 13/16 in x 17 5/16 in
Main Subject: Children; Corporations
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Boycott Nestlé for Unethical Promotion and Sale of Infant Formula in the Third World Genocide for Profit Boycott Taster's Choice, Quik, Nescafé, Nestea, Decaf, Crunch, Souptime, and Lactogen; all Libby's and Stouffer's products; Cross and Blackwell's, Keiller, Maggi, McVities, Crawford, James Keller & Son; also Deer Park Mountain SpringWater, Jarsburg and Swiss Knight Cheese. Third World Institute 1701 University Ave SE Minneapolis MN 55414 / INFACT Infant Formula Action Coalition PO Box 761 Berkeley CA 94701 / -Please Post Publicly- -Not For Sale- Inkworks Labor Donated San Francisco Poster Brigade, PO Box 31428, San Francisco CA 94131

Acquisition Number: 1993-155

The San Francisco Poster Brigade was a group of artists that made protest posters in San Francisco and New York City from 1975-1981. In this period, they exhibited their posters internationally and organized political art shows.

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Exhibition Annotation:
Nestlé Boycott Every 30 seconds a baby dies from unsafe bottle feeding. Each year ten million infants suffer from severe diarrhea, malnutrition and disease because they are not breastfed. Over one million of them die, while those who survive often suffer permanent physical and mental damage. From 1977-1984 an international boycott against Nestlé Products was organized to protest the promotion and sale of infant baby formula to developing nations. Mothers were told that formula was better than breast milk, and sufficient "free samples" were given to last until the new mothers' own milk dried up. Due to lack of sanitation, high illiteracy rates and poverty, the necessary preparation conditions and adequate quantity of formula were rarely available. The boycott was the largest non-union consumer boycott in history, targeting Swiss-based Nestlé which has 50% of the market share of the infant formula industry. The boycott was reinstated in 1988 when Nestlé and others broke their promise to abide by the World Health Organization, and is still in effect. The problem is no longer limited to developing nations. It is a pressing issue in the United States as well, with welfare families spending as much as 39 percent of their low income on formula.

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