Stop Newark/Nestle Now!
  • Petitioned Cory Booker

This petition was delivered to:

Mayor of Newark, NJ
Cory Booker
New Jersey
Sen. Cory Booker

Stop Newark/Nestle Now!

    1. Maria Parlapiano
    2. Petition by

      Maria Parlapiano

      Chatham, NJ

We cannot allow Nestle to pull off its latest marketing scheme by infiltrating our cities in the name of "good health." 


http://newarknj.patch.com/articles/new-pilot-program-will-target-childhood-obesity-in-newark 

They are a major contributor to childhood obesity by aggressively marketing their infant formulas which are made from modified cow’s milk, added sugars, a variety of fats (palm, soybean and coconut oils), plus a long list of chemicals to adjust nutrient levels and give the product the appearance of a milk. Artificial feeding often leads to large volume feeds with parent-controlled overfeeding of infants, contributing to the obesity epidemic in the US. 

Dangling a big check ($100,000) in front of Mayor Booker allows them to cover-up their marketing practices which violate the World Health Organization’s International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly Resolutions. This should not be tolerated at the expense of children’s health in one of the poorest cities in America. 

Nestlé is targeted by an international boycott because it is the worst of the baby food companies in terms of the volume of violations of the Code and Resolutions and the provisions it violates. Today Nestlé is one of the most boycotted companies on the planet and tries to improve its image and divert criticism by offering money to good causes.  See: www.babymilkaction.org

"We, the undersigned, call on Mayor Booker to end this relationship with Nestlé immediately and to call on Nestlé executives to change their marketing strategies if they are serious about addressing obesity and health concerns. 

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. USBC Steps Up! Let's Hope It's Not Too Late...

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      This is from a recent Lactnet post by Marsha Walker RN, IBCLC. As you know we have been begging for their help since the beginning and felt like we were getting no where! Now finally via Lactnet," The US Breastfeeding Committee has been diligently working to address the issue of Nestle partnering with the city of Newark and the state of Michigan regarding the implementation of anti-obesity programs. The US Breastfeeding Committee will be meeting with Mayor Booker later this monthto discuss this arrangement. The US Breastfeeding Committee will also be meeting with the Michigan governor's office to discuss the same issue. Both of these meetings are designed to provide education regarding the problems and undesirable outcomes of partnering with companies such as Nestle. The US Breastfeeding Committee will also be releasing a position paper for cities, counties, and states describing how such partnerships are undesirable. This paper will be available on the USBC website very soon.

    2. NJ Officials Pass the Buck!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      We finally received a response from the NJ Health Commissioner's Office which basically referred to the Nestle partnership as a "donation" to the City of Newark thus not bound by the authority of the Commissioner. Then the letter goes on to point out all the things the health dept is doing to promote breastfeeding - and how Commissioner O'Dowd is a strong advocate of breasfeeding.

      Governor Christie's response to our letter was to "share it with the NJ Health Commissioner's Office" and then proceeded to state all the things that are being done in NJ to promote healthy living.

      So the Commissioner says she has no control over "DONATIONS" given to Newark and the Governor passed it back to her?

    3. Take Action Now to STOP NEWARK/NESTLE Via Public Citizen

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Simple action letters via citizenvox - just fill in name etc and click send! Easy yet effective!
      Please go directly to link below!

    4. Public Citizen sends out Press Release plus Letter to Michigan Governor!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much to Public Citizen for its support of our cause!
      Partnering With Nestlé Won’t Help Solve State’s Childhood Obesity Problem
      Appointing Nestlé As ‘Nutritional Expert’ Would Give Company Greater Opportunity to Market Infant Formula, Unhealthful Foods to Children, Letter Says (read full letter below)-

    5. Thank you!- Public Citizen's Press Release & Letter to Mayor Booker!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Commercial Alert is a project of Public Citizen, a consumer protection organization based in Washington, D.C., with more than 300,000 members and supporters. Their aim is to keep commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy.
      "we strongly urge you to reconsider allowing Nestlé to commercialize anti-obesity programs in Newark, potentially undermining efforts to promote both breastfeeding and healthy eating."
      see full letter below...

    6. Article: How Washington Went Soft on Childhood Obesity

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Some of the Washington politics behind our struggle - junk food industries Nestle, Kellogs, General Mills etc spent $175 million dollars lobbying and it paid off for them! Once again - Money before Health, Profits before People - see article below

    7. Nestle Healthy Kids Global Program-YIKES!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      In Nestlé's words: sponsored “Together, Let’s Prevent Childhood Obesity” in France since 1992. The EPODE approach involves creating new educational schemes, mobilising local stakeholders and gaining the support of the mayor to empower not only the children but also their families and others local people in a sustainable way. It now extends to 275 cities – 225 in France (EPODE) and 38 in Spain (THAO), five in Greece (PAIDEATROFI) which Nestlé supports as well as 13 in Belgium (VIASANO). Nestlé also supports the European EPODE Network, which is supported by the EU Commission and aims to extend and improve the EPODE programme.
      Nestlé Brazil’s “Nutrir” programme, established in 1999, teaches good nutrition to low-income children through games, puppets and cooking activities. Since 1999, Nestlé Healthy Kids in Brazil/Nutrir have trained 11’000 educators and reached 1.2 million children in 4000 schools and social organisations. Nutrirhas since been successfully adapted see link below

    8. My Guest Blog on Mothering.com: N/N -There's Nothing Sweet About!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      This guest blog post is the most comprehensive picture of our mission so far. Please read and share.

    9. Peggy O'Mara of Mothering Mag- "No Nestle in Newark" Blog

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Peggy has joined us in our fight to stop Nestle's latest ploy to re-invent themselves in the eyes of consumers. Read and share her amazing statement. - Thanks Peggy for all your support!

    10. Reached 2,000 signatures
    11. Our first Press Release- Time.Com! Thx. Bonnie Rochman

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Can a Formula Company Really Promote Breastfeeding and Fight Childhood Obesity? - No!!!
      see link below for article

    12. Nestle Consumer Confidence Low, Trading Environment Subdued Down 0.4%US

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      "As anticipated, 2012 is already confirming itself to be a challenging year,” said chief executive Paul Bulcke. LET"S KEEP CHALLENGING THEM!!!!!
      “In many developed markets where consumer confidence is low, the trading environment is subdued while in most emerging markets, conditions remain dynamic and rich in growth opportunities.” Emerging markets - which already make up more than 40 per cent of Nestle sales - grew 13 per cent compared with just 3.1 per cent for developed countries, with volume growth down 0.4 per cent in the Americas and only rising 0.2 per cent in Europe."

    13. Nestlé Chairman Rejects Proposals From Boycott Coordinators at Company AGM

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      At the company shareholder meeting in Lausanne on 19 April, Nestlé Chairman, Peter Brabeck-Letmathé, rejected proposals from Baby Milk Action that could ultimately bring to an end the long-running boycott of the company over the way it markets breastmilk substitutes.
      Baby Milk Action’s Campaigns and Networking Coordinator, Mike Brady, asked the Chairman, Directors and shareholders to reconsider the four-point plan put to the company repeatedly since 2001, which calls on the company to bring baby food marketing policies and practices into line with World Health Assembly requirements. Mr. Brabeck answered that it was not for Baby Milk Action to tell him what to do.

    14. Guess Who's Vice Chairman of PHA? Mayor Booker! WHAT?

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the health of our nation's youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis.Mission: To end childhood obesity within a generation.Company Overview: PHA brings together public, private and nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. PHA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that is led by some of the nation's most respected health and childhood obesity experts.Description: In 2010, PHA was created in conjunction with but independent from First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! effort and is led by some of the nation's most respected health and childhood obesity advocates. Supporting our efforts is our honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama, alongside our vice-chairmen The Honorable William H. Frist, MD, and The Honorable Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark, NJ. Our board of directors also includes nationally recognized business leaders etc

    15. Nestle Seals $11.9 Billion Deal for Pfizer Infant Division! - Yikes!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Yes! Getting bigger and bigger everyday! As you will see this opens up China quite well for Nestle - "Pfizer’s infant nutrition business sells baby formula and maternal supplements. It generates over 70 per cent of its $2.1-billion in sales in emerging markets, with over a quarter coming from China, where the $6-billion market is expected to double by 2016." Just what the planet needs more Nestle!

    16. An Open Letter to Mayor Booker: Please Cancel Your Arrangement w/Nestle

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks Jodine Chase for writing on behalf of the Breastfeeding Action Committee of Edmonton. Her support is invaluable as has all the support from the Canadians! What would I have done without you all? After all, Renee got me into this in the first place - Lol Jodine's letter can be found at the link below as well as on Facebooks Post about Cory Booker - Facebook.WhoTalking.com

    17. Renee get a "bit" of press!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Her great comment on the D.R.E.A.M. Inc Dispelling Realities & Empowering African-American Minds, Inc blogsite- regarding about their visit to the Family Service Centers

    18. The Dollars and Cents of Infant Formula

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Some of "the economics of "NOT" breastfeeding- Formula feeding costs between $800 and $2800 per year.[1] Breastfeeding saves families the cost of formula, as well as potential healthcare fees for infants that do not reap the health benefits of breast milk. Mothers who start using one brand of formula are likely to stick with it in the long run. Nestle is the world’s largest food company."

    19. Article: Food marketing to....Neonates? Bad Form, Bad Formula

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      "Although the formula companies all give lip service to "breast is best," their aggressive advertising and marketing do everything to undermine it. And there is a significant amount of research to show that where formula is provided at no cost, breastfeeding rates are lowest. ." By David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center Director, Integrative Medicine Center at Griffin Hospital Editor-in-Chief, Childhood Obesity whom I contacted regarding our petition and he replied, "Thank you Maria, I will look further into this."

    20. International Support Soars to 48 Countries!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to our global neighbors for their outpouring of support ! We add to our country list :
      Afghanistan, Georgia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Malta, Poland and Singapore.

    21. New Nestle Job Posting: Director of Corp Public Relations & Media Relations

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      Job Summary- (this person has their work cut out for them!)

      This position based out of our New Jersey HQ office will develop and implement Public Relations strategies and media plans for key external stakeholders to proactively promote and protect Gerber/Nestlé Infant Nutrition's reputation and market position.

      - Foster and manage relationships with key external stakeholders (agencies, vendors, media and advocacy organizations. Ensure agencies and vendors are meeting expectations for marketing and public relations initiatives.

      -Manage issues/crisis communications situations for Nestle Infant Nutrition as they arise. Identify issues that pose threat to business, successfully manage issues to avoid crisis, product and non-product. Proactively prepare for issues/crisis through training advance preparation.

    22. America is a Dumping Ground! Our Babies are Paying the Price!

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      America as a dumping ground for consumer goods that fail to meet other nations' standards for toxic chemical content. It is distressing to see that chemical additives have skirted USDA approval and made their way into infant formulas—some of which even bear the USDA Organic Seal! This confirms that even organic certification is NOT watertight. Martek's DHA and ARA products are synthetic attempts at omega-3 fats that have been in the U.S. marketplace since 2002, and in organic products since 2006. They are chemically extracted from certain types of algae and fungi that have never before been part of the human diet, and have never been approved by the USDA. Yet they have made their way into babies bottles. for more info- see link below

    23. ILCA Newsletter Article By Marsha Walker RN IBCLC RNC

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      "Nestle anti- obesity campaign - coming to a city near you." We thank Marsha for writing this peice and bringing it to the attention of others who wish to support us in our cause to stop this horrific initiative. Even though ILCA and USBC refuse to sign this petition as breastfeeding advocacy organizations which is disappointing, we appreciate any and all individuals who chose to sign and take a firm stand against Nestles branding of this program and support wholeheartedly the health and well- being of the children of Newark. Thank you for your integrity and commitment.

    24. Reached 1,500 signatures
    25. US Breastfeeding Committee Sends Out Alert to its Members

      Maria Parlapiano
      Petition Organizer

      A number of responses have been received after an alert was sent out to USBC members by Marsha Walker. It has been seen by many and acted upon by some of them. She has been asked to write a Commentary on this issue for the Journal of Human Lactation as a result of that alert. It will hopefully be published in the August issue. The alert will go up on the NABA website as soon as my webmaster can place it there. USBC has also received feedback from one of its partners regarding this issue and is taking steps at a higher level to see what can be done. USBC has been in contact with partners on the Let's Move Campaign. Believe it or not, Mrs. Obama and that campaign have nothing to do with what's going on in New Jersey! Sad but true. We thank Marsha Walker for her efforts on behalf of the USBC.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Amber Melendez HOLIDAY, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because breastfeeding is such a beneficial part of the human bonding experience between a mother and a child!

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    • Cindy Jewtraw SPRING HILL, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Because breastfeeding it the BEST policy!!

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    • Lois Bineshtarigh DADE CITY, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I am a registered nurse, and nursing instructor. When I present the facts of the benefits of breastfeeding and the risks of formula feeding, they are shocked. Most of them become angry that no one told them that there were risks to formula feeding, nor did they emphasize the many benefits of breast feeding. I make them dig up the facts for themselves, indluding finding out how Nestle has impacted human lactation in the United States and around the world. Thank you for this initiative!

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    • Linda Goldberg WINTER SPRINGS, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I have boycotted Nestle products since 1977 as they violate the WHO code. The marketing of infant formula does not encourage breastfeeding, which can have a major impact on fighting childhood obesity.

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    • Carol Arcuri TAMPA, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      Accepting money from a large multi-national company may represent a conflict of interest for American Health Care. The office of the Surgeon General has information about supporting breastfeeding and why it is so vital to our nation's health and welfare. The World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes and subsequent World Health Assembly Resolutions should be supported by every govenment agency for the health of every baby. Signed Carol Arcuri, I.B.C.L.C.,R.L.C.

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