Farmers fighting Coca-Cola for groundwater • 14 October 2014

Farmers allege groundwater extraction at a Coca-Cola plant in Mehadiganj in UP, which is leading to drying up of wells. It's been happening for years, but the impact on local resources is finally coming to a tipping point, and the farmers living in remote villages have decided to take action against the corporate giant.

Farmers use nearly 70% of the total groundwater drawn each year, as World Bank data and water extracted from wells represent more than 25% of world's total! We saw thousands of years of examples where water has been a source of tension in one form or another, and violence related to water is growing, not shrinking. For villagers of Mehadiganj, the peaceful protests can only grow louder as more farmers refuse such bad neighbors.