Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Water Wars

Across the globe, Nestlé is pushing to privatize and control public water resources.

Nestlé's Chairman of the Board, Peter Brabeck, has explained his philosophy with "The one opinion, which I think is extreme, is represented by the NGOs, who bang on about declaring water a public right. That means as a human being you should have a right to water. That’s an extreme solution."
Since that quote has gotten widespread attention, Brabeck has backtracked, but his company has not. Around the world, Nestlé is bullying communities into giving up control of their water. It's time we took a stand for public water sources.

1 comment:

Doom said...

Yeah... Look... a hundred and some years ago, oil went private, water went public. At this point a barrel of crude costs less than a wild salmon and water is a scarcity.

Not that I am for corporate ownership. However, the government has simply been a crony corporatist institution, and it doesn't favor people. There really isn't a clear way out of this mess, at this time. But water will always be owned and won't easily be shared unless the numbers of people or guns are enough. There is plenty of water, as there is food. There just isn't an interest in being right or fair about it.

Trust the government with water all you want, you will end up with Flint quality and just past oil prices for it.