I tend to stay on the periphery of any big stushies that hit the interwebz. You know what I mean..the sahm vs the working mom, the mommy blogging bashing, and the review blogger bashing…but I am sitting her aghast. Really.
I found PHD in Parenting through twitter. I find her posts to very inspiring and thoughtful. This one has sort of sent me over the edge though.
I hadn’t heard at all about this event.
Now bloggers being invited to big corporate events isn’t anything new.
In fact the rumblings and snarking about ‘Blogging with Integrity’ and to review or not review covered this practice.
A certain group of the more ‘read’ bloggers DO get invites and DO get feted by major corporations in the name of target marketing.
Food companies do it. Car companies do it.
I read about their adventures all the time.
People like free stuff. Can’t really say anything about that.
I accept free stuff too from time to time for review purposes.
I don’t feel guilty about it, and enjoy the opportunities when I get them…if they fit with who I am and what my sites are.
I haven’t been flown anywhere or given cars to test yet.
But I am not jealous…..but am still waiting for the big vacuum cleaner companies to discover me!
And I would certainly have give GREAT thought to attending anything done by Nestle.
How can I..someone who is not THAT big on ‘controversy,’ who doesn’t spend hours researching stuff, who doesn’t advocate ANYTHING terribly passionately know that NESTLE is a controversial company with really really shady marketing campaigns for not only formula but for things like bottled water.
In fact theirbottled water ads annoyed the SHIT out of me all summer long.
Happy ads about how we are made of water and need water…so lets buy it in tiny plastic bottles to not be recycled and suck up water from various countries water supplies.
PHD in Parenting is most concerned about their unethical marketing practices concerning their formula.
There is nothing wrong with their formula. I have used it. I am not using it now. Though I do formula feed my baby.
This isn’t about the formula. This is about how and who they market to.
A while back Nestle made themselves ‘sound’ very nice by donating formula to mothers in third world countries. How nice. How nice to give a product that relies on sterile bottles and clean water to people who don’t have either.
The World Health Organization has been all over them for this issue and the language they continually choose to use to market their product.
There is loads all over the web about Nestle and their marketing practices. Just google Nestle and see what you get.
I am honestly stunned that people would NOT know about any controversy surrounding this company.
I am honestly saddened that they wouldn’t research the company before accepting an invite from them.
And hey…I LOVE their candy. I buy many Nestle products without even THINKING about it. But I won’t buy bottled water and I won’t buy their formula.
And I certainly wouldn’t accept their invitation to ‘hang’ with them.
This isn’t about breastfeeding versus bottle.
This is about one company and their continuing unethical marketing tactics.
They are a global company with a huge influence on the environment and lives.
We should never be fooled by their nice packaging.
We should never be fooled by ANY marketing.
Nothing should ever be taken at face value.
We as parents should know that the best. It is up to us to teach our children to be free thinkers. To be educated. To learn to make decisions about their lives and their world as free from influence as possible.
Where is Marshall McLuhan when you need him!