Bottled at Source — Hand Pump #1, Atal Ayub Nagar, Bhopal, Madya Pradesh, India.And in tiny print:
Not suitable for human consumption.
Total Fat 0g
The unique qualities of our water come from 25 years of slow-leaching toxins at the site of the world's largest industrial accident.
Twenty Bhopal activists, including Sathyu Sarangi of the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, showed up at Dow headquarters near London to find that the entire building had been vacated.The 25th anniversary of the Union Carbide pesticide factory leak in Bhopal is coming up in December. The death toll from that event, according to Union Carbide, was 3,800. Local municipal workers who collected the bodies by hand estimated it was at least 15,000. The official death toll to date, compiled by local government, is 20,000. Survivors of the leak have been burdened with cancers and other medical conditions, and their children suffer debilitating illnesses, retardation, birth defects, and reproductive disorders. In 1999 it was found that the soil and water in and around the plant had organochlorine and heavy metal contamination. A 2002 study found mercury, lead, and organochlorines in the breast milk of women living near the plant. More from the Yes Men:
Though Dow has consistently refused to clean up the mess in Bhopal, they have taken numerous steps to clean up their image. In a recent press release, for example, Andrew Liveris, Dow's Chairman and CEO, noted that "lack of clean water is the single largest cause of disease in the world and more than 4,500 children die each day because of it." He went on to assert that "Dow is committed to creating safer, more sustainable water supplies for communities around the world."Some links from bhopal.org:
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