By Robert Cohen, NotMilk.com
From Hilmar Cheese website:
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...
If you are unlucky enough to live in Hilmer, 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 Hilmer 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 environmental resource.
Hilmer 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 future.