End of a Boycott

It was a strangely ideological protest that seemed to array impoverished Third World mothers and their babies against a multinational corporation. It went on for 6½ years, but last week it ended. Officials of Nestlé, the biggest supplier of infant formula, and the Infant Formula Action Coalition of Minneapolis, among others, agreed that the boycott of Nestlé products would be stopped if the Swiss company changed its marketing practices.

The boycotters complained that Nestlé's aggressive marketing of the formula contributed to poor health in less-developed nations by encouraging mothers to give up breast feeding. Illiteracy, plus lack of refrigeration...

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