Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized

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.

Watch the video below for yourself:

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 it be owned by big corporations? Well, if water is not here for all of us, then perhaps air should be owned by major corporations 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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470 Responses to "Nestle CEO: Water Is Not A Human Right, Should Be Privatized"

  1. Ignacio Andrés Spisso Bustillos  August 23, 2013 at 12:48 am this is going crazy as spain privatizes the sun as well. With penalties for collecting sunlight.

  2. esteban  August 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Otra mentirita de los mierda del sistema. Boycot nestlé

  3. Daniel Desembrana  September 18, 2013 at 6:23 am

    He must imagine being conceived and being born without any drop of water in his body.

  4. Seen  September 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    It would be nice if you put the disclaimer that he IS NOT the CEO of Nestle and has not been since 2008. You’re getting people all riled up over a video from 2005 that is not applicable to the company it is today. DO YOUR RESEARCH. “True Activist” my ass, more like misinformed activist…

  5. Stephen Wozniak  September 19, 2013 at 12:18 am

    “I was asked once,’your a smart man,why arnt you rich?I replied ‘your a rich man,why arnt you smart?”

    ― Jacque Fresco

  6. Johnni Stanton  September 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Keep OUT of Scotland! Our water is the PEOPLE’s WATER! BOYCOTT ALL NESTLE PRODUCTS!

  7. Sam Freeman  September 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I am not really sure I understand your criticism of him at all actually and NO I don’t work for Nestle either. When he talks about water with regards to whether it should be a ‘right’ he is talking in the context of how water is gathered, cleaned and distributed to actually make it healthy enough to drink. If your naive enough to think that you personally can provide water for the 7 billion+ people on this planet by telling them it will all be free – good luck – if you can tell us all how you will do it, I am sure a lot of people would be interested. Of course he is not saying that people don’t have the right to water – he is trying to talk about it in the CONTEXT of business and water distribution and making it in to a product, a process that has been around for decades, long before he became CEO of ONE company that deals with water.There are so many industries that utilize water also, not as drinking water either.

    He EVEN goes on to say that with a privatized solution to water management and distribution then it makes it easier to provide for those who cannot purchase it.or don’t have access to it – if he didn’t think water was a right for everyone – why would he say that?

    Personal attacks don’t help either – calling a man who is after all responsible (as he again points out) for the livelihoods and careers of so many people, a sociopath, is to say the least a little strong. You clearly completely misunderstood what he was ACTUALLY talking about and then decided to simply take what he said and put it in a context that suited what you wanted – to have a go at someone and make him a target of attack so it makes you seem a little more ‘important’ – rather than actually doing something more useful – like giving us possible solutions to distribution of water in places where there isn’t any or commenting on charitable organizations that do that kind of thing (oh, and yes I am sure you will find many of them get lots of money from…ummm…ummm. oh yeah, big organizations like Nestle).

    • Real Human  September 28, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Really do you think he is worried about getting water to poor people in Africa that do not have water. Companies like Nestle buy up natural resources and at cut rate prices and sometimes leave it worse off, natural resources of a country and it’s people should not be sold to corporations . I suppose you think its OK for Monsanto to force countries to buy their GMO seeds for crops and not let the people decide! People should have the right to know if there eating genetically modified food.

    • keither james  November 26, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      What the fuck do you think you pay taxes for gou dumb ass capitalist?

  8. Suck a fat boy you fat boy  October 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    Fuck you Nestle, I boils water and drink it from a lake or ocean. FYI Im going to every store I can and throwing your product off the shelf.!!!

  9. allyson9  November 13, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    How many other species depend on the water we think of as ‘ours’ and that he thinks of as ‘foodstuff’?

  10. keither james  November 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    He is right nestle should be paying for all the water they are stealing from our natural springs but they are not. Noone is doing anything about it. They just pull up at places with a teuck and load up for free then sell it. Fucking scum bag.


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