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 Post subject: Is water a human right?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:45 pm 

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In a candid interview for the documentary We Feed the World, Nestlé Chairman Peter Brabeck makes the astonishing claim that water isn’t a human right. He 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.

Nestlé is the world’s biggest bottler of water. Brabeck claims – correctly – that water is the most important raw material in the world. However he then goes on to say that privatisation is the best way to ensure fair distribution. He claims that the idea that water is a human right comes from “extremist” NGOs. Water is a foodstuff like any other, and should have a market value.

He believes that the ultimate social responsibility of any Chairman is to make as much profit as possible, so that people will have jobs.

And just to underline what a lovely man he is, he also thinks we should all be working longer and harder.

Consequences of water privatisation

The consequences of water privatisation have been devastating on poor communities around the world. In South Africa, where the municipal workers’ union SAMWU fought a long battle against privatisation, there has been substantial research (pdf) about the effects. Water privatisation lead to a massive cholera outbreak in Durban in the year 2000.

The Nestlé boycott

Nestlé already has a very bad reputation among activists. 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 Nestlé) instead. Nestlé 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.

Tell Nestlé they are wrong – water is a human right

There is Europe-wide campaign to tell the European Commission that water is a human right, and to ask them to enact legislation to ensure this is protected.

If you live in Europe, please sign the petition.

Original article published by Union Solidarity International.

http://keithpp.wordpress.com/2013/04/15 ... man-right/


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 Post subject: Re: Is water a human right?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:48 pm 

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Chris Says:
April 16, 2013 at 6:55 am | Reply

Dear Keith, I’m Chris from media relations at Nestlé. It is always good to see debate about this issue – one of the most important facing our planet. Nestlé’s chairman has posted on his own blog about it: http://www.water-challenge.com/post/201 ... -good.aspx The post sets out in detail his position on the human right to water and
of course you can leave a comment there if you would like to continue the debate. Thanks again though for taking the trouble to write about this.

Greg Peck Says:
April 16, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Reply

Translation: Dear Keith, I’m Chris from media relations at Nestlé. Oh fuck. Our chairman says that water is not a human right. Please put your comments on a page that no-one reads because we’d really like to bury this one asap. Thanks.
Nick Caine (@NicholasRyan84) Says:
April 17, 2013 at 4:25 am

Best. Comment. Ever.
jrosenberry1 Says:
April 17, 2013 at 6:32 am

You nailed it on the head!


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 Post subject: Re: Is water a human right?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:11 pm 

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Anyone have any comments or want to discuss this? After watching this movie a couple of years ago I became aware of the privatization of water and its ramification both here and abroad:

Flow for Love Of Water:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmWdco0glEA


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