Dear Chaffee County Commissioners,
As a co-founder and board member of the Central Colorado Foodshed Alliance, I am aware of peak oil, climate change, and the importance of building local, living economies.
Reliance on the global food supply makes us very vulnerable to shortages, contaminations and the resulting high prices of food. The obvious solution is to build our own food supply once again, grow our own gardens, support our own local farmers and ranchers, sponsor farmer’s markets, eat in our own foodshed and build community in the process.
This concept of a local, living economy does not just apply to food. There is a “Transition Town” group forming in Salida. This group is meeting to address the issues of peak oil and how to build such a local economy in food, energy, transportation and shelter to ensure our future, thus making the “transition” to a new era.
The Nestle Project is not a part of this transition plan. The era for multinational corporations is over. The hope for Earth’s future and the future of our children and grandchildren is in returning to the local economy as much as is possible.
The Nestle Project is not part of a local, living economy. They are not your friends and neighbors. In other towns, which Nestle has invaded with the same water-bottling project, they have not even been good neighbors. (See www.coopamerica.org and search Nestle, for information on Nestlé’s neighborliness.)
A no vote on the part of our commissioners would support movement into the new era of local, living economies. A yes vote is a vote for the outdated era of multinationals. These outdated global corporations are not responsive to the needs of our communities and the needs of our families and friends. Multinational corporations exist for one purpose, to make money for their stockholders, with no thought for the future of the Earth and the future of our families.
Say no to Nestle; say yes to a local, living economy.
Living economies are made of human scale enterprises, locally owned by people who have a stake in the many impacts associated with the enterprise.
Suzanne M. Ward