by Lance Devon
Recent comments from Nestle CEO Peter Brabeck imply that the world's water will soon come under the control of corporations like his. Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water is not a human right, but should be managed by business people and governing bodies.
He wants water controlled, privatized, and delegated in a way that sustains the planet.
View the astonishing interview:
One day, cities and towns may be forced by international law to limit each household to a set amount of water. People may have to obtain permits to dig wells or pay fines for collecting rainwater. Laws like these are already in motion in the United States.
Does this guy think he is a god?
By price controlling water, Brabeck believes he may save the planet from food and water shortages in the coming years.
If influential corporations put a lock on the water tap, then they could dictate which farms received water. Nestle could protect GMO farming. In fact, in the interview, Brabeck said organic food is "not the best" and he went on to say that genetically modified food is perfectly safe and causes no disease.
With this philosophy,
a Brabeck economy would cut off organic farming from the water supply and
allow genetically modified food to reign over the people.
If one wants to dig their own well and tap the ground water, so be it. They are responsible for their keep. If one wants to collect their own rain water to sustain their own garden, then so be it. If one wants to purify their own water trough charcoal gravity fed filters and ditch bottled water companies altogether, then they will be better off for doing so.
Is it time to reject a bottled water industry that is brainwashing people to submit to price controlled water?
Humans can self sustain and work together,
managing their own water. Greedy corporate CEOs are not the answer. No one
is dependent on them. Water should remain unadulterated, free and available
as a right to all.
attacks the idea that nature is good, and says it is a great achievement
that humans are now able to resist nature's dominance. He attacks organic
agriculture and says genetic modification is better.
In South Africa, where the municipal workers' union SAMWU fought a long battle against privatization, there has been substantial research about the effects (see "The Age of Commodity - Water Privatization in Southern Africa").
Water privatization lead to a
cholera outbreak in Durban in the year 2000.
There has been a boycott call since 1977. This is due to Nestlé's aggressive lobbying to get women to stop breastfeeding - which is free and healthy - and use infant formula (sold by Nestle) instead. Nestle has lobbied governments to tell their health departments to promote formula.
In poor countries, this has
resulted in the deaths of babies, as women have mixed formula with
contaminated water instead of breastfeeding.
If you live in Europe, please
Sign the Petition here.