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Nestle CEO: Water is not a Human Right and should be Privatized

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Is water a free and basic human right, or should all the water on the planet belong to major corporations and be treated as a product? Should the poor who cannot afford to pay these said corporations suffer from starvation due to their lack of financial wealth? According to the former CEO and now Chairman of the largest food product manufacturer in the world, corporations should own every drop of water on the planet — and you’re not getting any unless you pay up.

The company notorious for sending out hordes of ‘internet warriors’ to defend the company and its actions online in comments and message boards (perhaps we’ll find some below) even takes a firm stance behind Monsanto’s GMOs and their ‘proven safety’. In fact, the former Nestle CEO actually says that his idea of water privatization is very similar to Monsanto’s GMOs. In a video interview, Nestle Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe states that there has never been ‘one illness’ ever caused from the consumption of GMOs.

The way in which this sociopath clearly has zero regard for the human race outside of his own wealth and the development of Nestle, who has been caught funding attacks against GMO labeling, can be witnessed when watching and listening to his talk on the issue. This is a company that actually goes into struggling rural areas and extracts the groundwater for their bottled water products, completely destroying the water supply of the area without any compensation. In fact, they actually make rural areas in the United States foot the bill.

As reported on by Corporate Watch, Nestle and former CEO Peter Brabeck-Letmathe have a long history of disregarding public health and abusing the environment to take part in the profit of an astounding $35 billion in annual profit from water bottle sales alone. The report states:

“Nestlé production of mineral water involves the abuse of vulnerable water resources. In the Serra da Mantiqueira region of Brazil, home to the “circuit of waters” park whose groundwater has a high mineral content and medicinal properties, over-pumping has resulted in depletion and long-term damage.”

Nestle has also come under fire over the assertion that they are actually conducting business with massive slavery rings. Another Corporate Watch entry details:

“In 2001, Nestlé faced criticism for buying cocoa from the Ivory Coast and Ghana, which may have been produced using child slaves.[58] According to an investigative report by the BBC, hundreds of thousands of children in Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo were being purchased from their destitute parents and shipped to the Ivory Coast, to be sold as slaves to cocoa farms.”

So is water a human right, or should big corporations own it? Well, if water is not here for all of us, then perhaps major corporations should own air as well. And as for crops, Monsanto is already working hard to make sure their monopoly on our staple crops and beyond is well situated. It should really come as no surprise that this Nestle Chairman fights to keep Monsanto’s GMOs alive and well in the food supply, as his ideology lines right up with that of Monsanto.

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Agree?

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM
Replies (11-20):
pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM

no I do not agree

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:09 PM


Quoting Della529:

 Personally I don't see most resources as "ownable" by any one.  And most of that water is crappy filtered-tap in the first place - why would anyone pay a dollar or more a bottle for it is beyond me.

We buy the big jugs of bottled water for drinking, our tap water is very hard and tastes terrible. Water shouldn't leave an aftertaste, blech. So I get why some use bottled water but since people don't make or grow water, and everyone needs it to live, I think privatizing it all is crazy.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM
Quoting Clairwil:

The article doesn't quote his exact words, let alone the context for those words.

Here, I've done the effort for you to find the context....

(source)

From time to time on the internet a video clip from a TV programme made in 2005 about food is posted in which I am talking about whether water is a human right.  It seems it has surfaced again, and people are using it to misrepresent my views on this important issue.

Let me be very clear about this again here on the blog, because I think the video clip, which took my views out of context, isn’t clear about the point I was trying to make.  The water you need for survival is a human right, and must be made available to everyone, wherever they are, even if they cannot afford to pay for it.
 
However I do also believe that water has a value. People using the water piped into their home to irrigate their lawn, or wash their car, should bear the cost of the infrastructure needed to supply it. 

I have posted about this in more detail before: 'Water is a human right - but not a free good'. Please take a look at that post if you would like to explore the arguments more fully, and of course leave a comment if you would like to join the debate.

I also talked about this topic at our Creating Shared Value Forum in India last year, see the film below.

Thank you for visiting my blog which I hope will give you a more balanced picture of where I stand on this issue.

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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Quoting yourspecialkid:

Good, now we know who to bill for flood, snow and hail damage.

On a serious note, in some areas it is illegal to catch the rain that falls on your own roof.

No, I do not agree.

I'm sure there would be an exception for any negatives, as there always seem to be for corporate interests, these days.

Seriously? I've never heard of that, insane.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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HA! I love it. 

Quoting yourspecialkid:

Good, now we know who to bill for flood, snow and hail damage.

On a serious note, in some areas it is illegal to catch the rain that falls on your own roof.

No, I do not agree.


Della529
by Matlock on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM

 Ha, we are billed by the square footage of the roof for stormwater runoff that flows into the ditches.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

Good, now we know who to bill for flood, snow and hail damage.

On a serious note, in some areas it is illegal to catch the rain that falls on your own roof.

No, I do not agree.

 

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM
2 moms liked this

yup. privatize the profit, socialize the risk. 

Quoting Friday:


Quoting yourspecialkid:

Good, now we know who to bill for flood, snow and hail damage.

On a serious note, in some areas it is illegal to catch the rain that falls on your own roof.

No, I do not agree.

I'm sure there would be an exception for any negatives, as there always seem to be for corporate interests, these days.

Seriously? I've never heard of that, insane.


autodidact
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:12 PM
1 mom liked this

wow, you can't win either way.  

Quoting Della529:

 Ha, we are billed by the square footage of the roof for stormwater runoff that flows into the ditches.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

Good, now we know who to bill for flood, snow and hail damage.

On a serious note, in some areas it is illegal to catch the rain that falls on your own roof.

No, I do not agree.

 


NWP
by guerrilla girl on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM
4 moms liked this

It should be legal to keep all the rain that falls on your property. Those laws piss me off.

Every home in America should have a rain retrieval and a grey water system IMO.

Quoting yourspecialkid:

Good, now we know who to bill for flood, snow and hail damage.

On a serious note, in some areas it is illegal to catch the rain that falls on your own roof.

No, I do not agree.


Not Without Panties

SuzCahn
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 2:18 PM

 Thanks for posting the actual truth. The op didn't read or 'feel' honest.

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting Clairwil:

The article doesn't quote his exact words, let alone the context for those words.

Here, I've done the effort for you to find the context....

(source)

From time to time on the internet a video clip from a TV programme made in 2005 about food is posted in which I am talking about whether water is a human right.  It seems it has surfaced again, and people are using it to misrepresent my views on this important issue.

Let me be very clear about this again here on the blog, because I think the video clip, which took my views out of context, isn’t clear about the point I was trying to make.  The water you need for survival is a human right, and must be made available to everyone, wherever they are, even if they cannot afford to pay for it.
 
However I do also believe that water has a value. People using the water piped into their home to irrigate their lawn, or wash their car, should bear the cost of the infrastructure needed to supply it. 

I have posted about this in more detail before: 'Water is a human right - but not a free good'. Please take a look at that post if you would like to explore the arguments more fully, and of course leave a comment if you would like to join the debate.

I also talked about this topic at our Creating Shared Value Forum in India last year, see the film below.

Thank you for visiting my blog which I hope will give you a more balanced picture of where I stand on this issue.

 

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