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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
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lga1965
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 3:02 PM
We have always paid for our water. Not a big deal. After all, it has been purified ,made safe for us to drink.
I don't want Nestle to control water dispersal though. And I don't want Keystone or fracking .....then our water will be undrinkable.
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EddiesMama83
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Yeah well government owning water is really no different. 

meriana
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Doesn't surprise me in the least.  People already do pay for the infrastructure needed to pipe water into their homes, it's either a seperate water bill or included in a general utlility bill so I don't get what he's talking about there. Those who have a well, paid for the well being dug and the piping to get it to their home. Many, like us, also paid for a water treatment system and pay for the salt needed for it to do it's job.

Those like that guy are always looking for a means of increasing their fortune and if it's at the expense of everyone else, well too bad. They have more so of course they deserve more, by any means available.

supercarp
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Billions of people have a lack of food and water. This can't be news to you.

krysstizzle
by on Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:02 PM
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Fuck Nestle up one side of its stupid ignorant ass and down the other. 


ETA: this issue is much bigger than this post. Nestle does shady shit regarding water, and land and water grabbing in Africa by corporations is sickening. 

So yeah, fuck that guy. 

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Wait, Nestle sells water- is greed a motive?

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM
I took a three week break and came back this week. The break didn't help.


Quoting Seasidegirl:

Sometimes I don't know why I come in here because I get so pissed off!


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greenie63
by Silver Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:29 PM

If anyone is interested FLOW is a documentary about this topic. Nestle wasn't very happy about this documnetary being released. 

http://flowthefilm.com/

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:33 PM
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Quoting greenie63:

If anyone is interested FLOW is a documentary about this topic. Nestle wasn't very happy about this documnetary being released. 

http://flowthefilm.com/

Thank you, I'll check it out.

 


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

Rubberbiscuit
by Bronze Member on Aug. 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM
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Yes, those of us with wells did pay to have them drilled, and we also pay for the electricity to extract it, but we own the water that we take out of the ground.  We don't pay for that.  This article says that they go into rural areas and deplete the groundwater, which would make the wells go dry.  That is wrong.   If people are relying on that water for their survival, a corporation shouldn't come along and take what should belong to the people who live there.  The problem starts with the corporation for their intent to do this, but local and state authorities (if they are using US wells) should also be held responsible.  They allow them to build the wells of the size they would need to do this and these agencies are not doing a proper job of protecting their constituency.  This is greed2


Quoting meriana:

Doesn't surprise me in the least.  People already do pay for the infrastructure needed to pipe water into their homes, it's either a seperate water bill or included in a general utlility bill so I don't get what he's talking about there. Those who have a well, paid for the well being dug and the piping to get it to their home. Many, like us, also paid for a water treatment system and pay for the salt needed for it to do it's job.

Those like that guy are always looking for a means of increasing their fortune and if it's at the expense of everyone else, well too bad. They have more so of course they deserve more, by any means available.


 

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