Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola

Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola

Mark Thomas

Language: English

Pages: 364

ISBN: 1568584318

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Belching Out the Devil: Global Adventures with Coca-Cola

Mark Thomas

Language: English

Pages: 364

ISBN: 1568584318

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Mark Thomas—a legendarily seditious comedian and human rights activist—is a recovering Coca-Cola addict, a self-described “middle-aged fat dad with asthma” who decides to trek around the globe investigating the stories and people Coca-Cola’s iconic advertising campaigns don’t mention: child laborers in the sugarcane fields of El Salvador, Indian workers exposed to toxic chemicals, Columbian labor union leaders in Coke bottling plants falsely accused of terrorism and jailed alongside the paramilitaries who want to kill them.

At once hilarious and disturbing, Thomas builds a very detailed and damning case against the world’s most ubiquitous drink.

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treatment plant. The treated wastewater is monitored in-house as well as external laboratory as per below mentioned frequency• Routine monitoring of about 8 parameters at in-house laboratory (Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), Oil and Grease (O & G), TSS (Total suspended solids),PH, Sulfates and Chlorides.) • Monthly check of 9 parameters required by pollution control board from Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF), India approved

again, you shut up, you go away.’ Ed Potter replied, ‘All I will say as a general matter is we’ve had several different resolutions…you’ve described one of them.’10 Whereas Coke describe the talks as ‘fruitful and informative’, Sinaltrainal use an altogether different set of words. ‘We were in a process that lasted almost a year and a half where we talk and talk and talk with them in order to find a solution to the conflict...and it didn’t give us any result at all,’ said Edgar Paez,

Carlos he too talked to Sinaltrainal about joining the union, but Coke said ‘that if we join a trade union we would have been sacked’. In one single motion Ivan lets out a little ‘hmmph’ through his nose, his head twitches to one side, eyebrows raised and he pulls his lips tight together in an expression of disgust. Just to be absolutely clear I ask again, ‘So they would sack you if you joined the union?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Is that a common occurrence?’ ‘Nowadays it is happening…The project,

jacket…But I could be making this bit up. POSTSCRIPT Ed Potter and Coca-Cola declined a formal interview. When I returned home after the debate my wife Jenny was helping our daughter with her homework. I interrupted them, telling Jenny of my meeting with Clare from Human Resources and her comment that I was picking on Coke because they were an easy target. My wife looked up briefly from a page of equations and said, ‘If they are worried about being such an easy target tell them they

also proud to point out that sprinter Jesse Owens advertised Coke - though this was years after he won four gold medals in Berlin, somewhat spiking the Aryan master-race theories of his host. The Company are keener to place themselves alongside those who are seen as ‘fighting’ the Nazis or promoting the ‘Olympic ideal’, rather than display themselves as a backers of the Olympic platform given to Hitler. And frankly, who wouldn’t be? But the Company have a few other Nazi items in the attic.

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