Boos for Cheeses
"Corporate Responsibility - Being a successful company
goes well beyond onsite, daily operations. For Hilmar
Cheese Company, it's about giving back to the community
and industry that supported a dream..."
- Hilmar Cheese website
If you are unlucky enough to live in Hilmar, California,
(midway between Sacramento and Fresno), you no longer
have tap water to drink or to bathe your body or to
wash your clothes.
Cheese manufacturing is the reason.
The Hilmar Cheese company converts 15 million pounds
of California's Happy Cow milk into 1.4 million pounds
of unhappy cheese each day, and by doing so for for the
past 24 years, has slowly destroyed a precious
Hilmar has discharged so many chemicals into the
ground as a result of their patented manufacturing
processes, that bathing and drinking water from
aquifers and wells have become unfit for human use.
What do residents who live near this cheese processor get? Nearly 800
Californians are employed by Hilmar to produce $1 billion in yearly cheese
revenues. In return, thousands of tons of nitrates, acids, and arsenic have
crystallized underground to compromise the water for the